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There has been plenty of talk about Carlos Alcaraz in recent times. For me, he is the most exciting player to hit the ATP Tour since the likes of Nadal and Djokovic all those years ago. And at 19 years of age, people are already anticipating his first Grand Slam win. In fact, he was one of the heavy favourites to win the French Open. Of course, this didn’t materialize, as he lost to Zverev in the quarter-finals.
However, Alcaraz is bidding for a Grand Slam title once again at Wimbledon. As the 5th seed, he is expected to make the quarter-final, on paper. But then again, the Wimbledon 2022 championships aren’t played on paper! They are played on the hallowed grass courts of the All England Club. And since the draw has now been made, I can at least break down his potential route to the title.
At the same time, I wanted to give my two cents on whether Alcaraz really can win Wimbledon.
Alcaraz’s Chances of Claiming the Wimbledon 2022 Title
The big question facing this youngster right now is when he will win his first slam. This indicates that winning one is a foregone conclusion, which I agree with. However, he is still going up against legends of the game in the form of Nadal and Djokovic. And there are other threats emerging from all angles too. So can he really win Wimbledon this year? Let’s find out.
The Draw He Is Facing
I’ve analyzed the draw intensely since it was announced yesterday. And while yes, he has a decent run to the quarter-final, this is where he will play Djokovic if all goes according to the seeding. Then again, he could also face earlier threats in the form of Isner and Sinner, who will be difficult to beat on grass. With that said, it’s important to remember that this is Carlos Alcaraz we are talking about. He is a sensational talent, and really, he should make it to the quarters.
But can he beat Djokovic? This I am unsure of, for the moment in time.
His Game on the Grass Courts
Personally, I think that Alcaraz will perform well on the grass. There are several reasons why I believe this too. Firstly, he has a great serve considering that he isn’t the tallest guy out there. He hits his spots well too, often following these up with a big forehand. Secondly, he has a great slice, which allows him to capitalize on the next ball in the rally. And finally, his hands around the net are fantastic – including his drop shots!
At the end of the day, I’ve promised to give an indicator for his chances of winning the tournament. So for me, the answer is that yes, he does have a shot of winning the tournament. But at this stage, I don’t think he should be viewed as a favourite. He hasn’t proved himself on the grass courts yet. Then again, with his game, anything is possible!