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Carlos Alcaraz launches a modern revolution with “Future is Now,” one that goes beyond the conventional “Big 4”

<p>Young Spaniard Carlos Alcaraz defeated Serbian Novak Djokovic in the five-set final of the 2023 edition of the coveted grass-court grand slam at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, marking the first time since the year 2003 that a new name from outside the traditional tennis big 4 of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray, and Novak Djokovic will be inscribed on the prestigious Wimbledon trophy.</p>
<p>Over the last two decades, several men from outside the usual suspects have attempted to become SW19 immortals, only to lose out in the end to one of the four players who have come to represent the contemporary age in tennis.<img decoding=”async” class=”alignnone wp-image-83159″ src=”” alt=”” width=”1348″ height=”755″ srcset=” 300w,×84.jpg 150w” sizes=”(max-width: 1348px) 100vw, 1348px” /></p>
<p>The top-4’s dominance of the grass court major was attempted to be broken by Mark Philippoussis, Andy Roddick, Tomas Berdych, Milos Raonic, Marin Cilic, Kevin Anderson, Matteo Berrettini, and Nick Kyrgios, but to no effect.</p>
<p>The 36-year-old Djokovic, who also became the most decorated player in men’s tennis history with his victory at the 2022 French Open in Roland Garros, made his grand entrance into the world in the most extravagant of ways, just as it appeared that the current trend would continue for at least another year.</p>
<p>Alcaraz did win his first major tournament last year at Flushing Meadows, thus his victory at Wimbledon is not really his first grand slam victory. However, the trophy awarded to the champion of the All England Championship bestows on the victor an unquestionable certificate of achievement since it is steeped in history and shrouded in an atmosphere exclusive to SW19.</p>
<p>On Sunday, Djokovic won the first set of the top match at Centre Court 6-1, breaking the Spaniard twice as Alcaraz shown some nervousness in his stroke-making.</p>
<p>All indications were that Djokovic would eventually match Federer’s eight Wimbledon wins and Margret Court’s 24-major trophy haul.</p>
<p>Alcaraz, however, had other ideas.</p>
<p>Despite being outclassed in the first set, the rising star fought back to defeat the Serbian in the second set in a tiebreaker, which is impressive in and of itself given Djokovic’s penchant to almost never lose tiebreakers. However, the Spaniard upset the seven-time SW19 champion to win the second set and even the final match.</p>
<p>Alcaraz won the third set with a commanding 6-1 score by mixing baseline strokes at breakneck speed with exquisite drops that were held up until the very last second. Riding high on the confidence he gave himself after leveling the match, Alcaraz did this in a clever and covert way.</p>
<p>The Spaniard led by a set at this point, but Djokovic would not surrender his 23 major championships by giving up when the deck was stacked against him. The Serbian has really done well under duress, as seen by the abundance of trophies in his trophy cabinet.</p>
<p>Pressure is a luxury, as the saying goes. And Djokovic is a wonderful example of how to succeed under extreme duress in crucial circumstances. According to the scope and importance of the summit match at SW19, the Serbian won the fourth set 6-3 to force a decisive fifth set.</p>
<p>Alcaraz maintained his composure to break Djokovic early in the final and saved all of his service games to record a 6-4 fifth-set victory, giving him the opportunity to handle the prized trophy at the biggest of all tennis tournaments while the world held its breath.</p>
<p>As the 20-year-old broke the rules established over the previous two decades to write the first page of a new AELTC chapter, there was joy in the audience and amazement throughout the globe.</p>
<p>In order to put things into perspective, Alcaraz, who was born in 2003, has never seen anybody other than the top four players—Federer, Nadal, Djokovic, and Murray—lift the immaculate Wimbledon crown. Before now! Now, whenever he looks in a mirror, he can see the person who permanently changed tennis history.</p>
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