Carlos Alcaraz hailed as ‘the full package in every aspect’ as pundit highlights his strengths

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Carlos Alcaraz plays a shot Credit: PA Images
Carlos Alcaraz plays a shot Credit: PA Images

Brilliant speed, very creative and strong on both sides are just some of the qualities that have turned Carlos Alcaraz into “the full package”, according to former world No 1 Mats Wilander.

Alcaraz is enjoying a breakthrough season of note as he has already won four titles – including two ATP Masters 1000 trophies – this campaign, but he could still rack up bigger and better milestones in the next 24 hours.

The world No 4 will take on Casper Ruud in Sunday’s US Open final with both men looking to win their maiden Grand Slam while the winner will also be crowned world No 1 with Alcaraz poised to become the youngest player to hold top spot in the ATP Rankings should he be the last man standing at Flushing Meadows.

But it is not just the fact that he is winning matches and titles that have won over fans, it is his lung-busting displays and incredible shot-making that have people on the edge of their seats as he has turned into a human highlight reel.

Seven-time Grand Slam winner Wilander revealed just what makes the 19-year-old, who will also become the seventh youngest player to win a major should he defeat Ruud on Sunday, is such a special player.

“I think he’s quicker than any player I’ve ever seen, especially in the first couple of steps,” he said Eurosport.

“He’s so strong as well that he gets there and he’s balanced. It also helps to have great hands when you are very quick because when you get there you’ve got to be able to do something.

“He’s very creative, he’s very strong on both sides – backhand and forehand. He can hit forehands with a continental grip, meaning you’re holding the racket straight. Not a lot of players can do that.”

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The Spaniard has won three five-set matches in a row, defeating former champion Marin Cilic in the fourth round, Jannik Sinner in the quarter-final and Frances Tiafoe in the semi-final to book his place in the final.

Needless to say with so many qualities, Wilander believes Alcaraz has just about everything in his locker to become one of the best tennis players.

“He’s the full package in every aspect,” the Swede added.

“Mentally, I have no idea [how he does it] – 19 years old, being able to do that is incredible.”

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