Naomi Osaka knows what it’s like to have had her name bandied about as one of the most exciting new talents, a hype that only grew with four Grand Slam triumphs.
She too found the Alcaraz ascent compelling viewing.
“I feel like he’s genuinely made everyone excited about the ATP and I haven’t seen that in a very long time,” Osaka told reporters in Madrid.
Djokovic and Nadal were quick to warn against drawing parallels too soon, however, so as not to suffocate the teenager with unfair expectations.
“I generally don't like comparisons. I think everyone is authentic, everyone is special,” Djokovic said.
“He definitely is special. I mean, already he's breaking a lot of records as a teenager, you know, winning two Masters events this year, a couple of 500s. So far he's the best player in the world, no question, this year…
“The way he was dealing with the pressure, I mean, in our match few days ago, how calm he was all the way ’til the [end], was impressive.”