Carlos Alcaraz has been tipped to win at least ten Grand Slam titles by former world number ones Jim Courier and Andy Roddick after winning his second masters this year in Madrid.
Alcaraz has had an incredible run this season already, with Madrid being his fourth title following Barcelona, Rio De Janeiro and the Miami Masters too.
His meteoric rise from 114th ranking this time last year to reach a career high of world number six this week, was highlighted by the fact he saw off both 21-Grand-Slam title winner Rafael Nadal and world number one Novak Djokovic on his way to the Madrid title.
Now with Roland Garros just a couple of weeks away, speculation is rife about whether he can carry his success to the five-set game.
“I put him as co-favorite, and I cannot believe that I’m saying that in a three-out-of-five set tournament at Roland Garros, but that’s what I feel,” Andy Roddick told the Tennis Channel.
“He landed in Australia this year and he was a different-looking human, he put in the work," said the 2003 US Open winner.
“I’m not worried about this kid’s body over the course of two weeks and I don’t think he’s going to get extended in the early rounds with his form the way it is right now."
Jim Courier, a four-time Grand Slam champion himself agreed with Roddick's assessment of Alcaraz and, when asked how many majors he will win, said: “I think Alcaraz if he’s healthy is definitely a double-digit guy.
“I’m not sure anyone else below the ‘Big 3’ is, we’ll find out.
“I don’t know that we should expect 20 but I do think double-digits is very much within Carlos’ reach.”
Alcaraz has decided to withdraw from Rome to give his body time to recover from an ankle pull and blister he sustained in Madrid, in order to head to Roland Garros fully fit.
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