Outshining All Legends: Alcaraz Enjoys Unprecedented Early Success on Grass

Outshining All Legends: Alcaraz Enjoys Unprecedented Early Success on Grass

by Balasz Virag

Carlos Alcaraz expressed some serious doubt about his level on grass leading up to Wimbledon but it's actually been really good.

Carlos Alcaraz is one talented tennis player, and while many argue that talent is not everything and can only take you so far, it can actually take you pretty far. Alcaraz is proving it this year with his performances on grass, a surface where he doesn't feel that comfortable.

He's a fast learner, so learning how to play on the surface quickly is hardly a surprise, but when you watch him play, it's clear that he still has a long way to go. The greatness of his talent is good enough to push him past many players, including fellow rising stars on the ATP Tour.

He's in the semi-final, where he'll play against Daniil Medvedev for a place in the Wimbledon final. It's only his 3rd Wimbledon, and possibly going to the final would be a significant thing for the youngster.

Alcaraz's score in his first 16 matches on grass is the best mark among some of the most legendary players to ever grace the court. He won 14 of his first 16 matches on the surface which is a winning percentage of 88 %. He finished ahead of Boris Becker who is second at 81 % in his first 16 matches.

Novak Djokovic, Bjorn Borg, Andre Agassi, and John McEnroe come next with 75 %. Some legendary players who are behind him include Mats Wilander, who is at 69 %, Rafael Nadal at 69 %, Pete Sampras at 63 %, Andy Murray at 63 %, and Roger Federer at 56 %.

He's also better than some contemporaries such as Medvedev (63%), Rublev (69%), and Sinner (56%). It just shows how great his talent is because he's winning at a historic rate despite showing obvious signs that he's not yet the most comfortable on the surface. Who knows what will happen in five more years of experience?


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