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Novak Djokovic sent Carlos Alcaraz message as teenager can emulate Miami Open feat



Carlos Alcaraz has shared his wish to face Novak Djokovic when the Serb is at “100 per cent.” The world No 1 is currently playing in the Miami Open while Djokovic is unable to compete. And Alcaraz is bidding to follow in the Serb’s footsteps by competing the sunshine double – winning titles in Indian Wells and Miami back-to-back.

Alcaraz is continuing his winning ways in Miami, where he is the reigning champion. The 19-year-old is now 17-1 in matches so far this season and has picked up two titles including the first Masters of the year in Indian Wells.

While the Spaniard has been impressing with his complete performances off the back of an injury comeback, he is yet to face one challenge so far this year – a meeting with Djokovic. Alcaraz was forced to miss the Australian Open following a physical setback while the world No 2 couldn’t come to Indian Wells and Miami because of his unvaccinated status.

It means that the current top two have not yet competed in the same tournament in 2023 and Alcaraz is hoping to correct that as he said he wanted to face a full-form Djokovic. Asked whether he thought the Serb was the world’s best player, the teenager responded: “Well, it’s tough one, but, I mean, I have to play against Novak, you know, [when he is at] 100 per cent.

Alcaraz defeated Djokovic in their only meeting at last year’s Madrid Masters and looked back on the match as he continued: “I would say in Madrid he played really, really well. So it was close. But, I mean, I agree with him. When he’s 100 per cent, probably he’s one of or the best player in the world.

“So I don’t know how to say about that question, but what Novak has achieved, the level of Novak for example in Australia was unbelievable, really high. So as I said before, I really want to play against Novak when he’s 100 per cent and I’m sure I’m going to enjoy. So that’s all I can say right now.”

For now, the 19-year-old has his sights firmly set on defending his Miami Open title. If he is able to lift the trophy on Sunday, Alcaraz will join an elite list of players who have completed the ‘sunshine double’.

“I try not to think about that but it’s difficult. You know, it’s something that I really want it. I want to be part of that few players that made the Sunshine Double,” Alcaraz said after his victory over Tommy Paul.

“So for me, would be great to achieve that, but as I said, is something that I not think about that, you know, and try to think about day by day, you know, match by match, and that’s all I try to think about. But of course it could be great to be part of that few, few players.”

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