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Johan Kriek Awed By Alcaraz

Former two-time Australian Open champion Johan Kriek has seen enough evidence to declare 18 year old Carlos Alcaraz is on his way to the top of tennis…

“Watching Alcaraz “coming of age” against a Tsitsipas at the Miami Open reminded me of my era too…”

“In 1985 I played Boris Becker for the first time in the Queens Club grass tournament in the finals. After he beat me in the finals of Queens I predicted that if he serves like that he will win Wimbledon…. He did. The rest is tennis history.”

“In 1987 I played Stefan Edberg in the finals of the San Francisco event after I beat McEnroe in the same tournament in back to back years and that was the first ATP win for Edberg. The next year Chang wins his first ATP event beating me in the finals…again!”

“In 1979 I played John McEnroe in the finals of the United Technologies Open and he beat me in the finals for his first ATP tournament win….I am such a nice guy.”

“Alcaraz has arrived. He will be the no. 1 player in the world within a few short years. No weaknesses….I said it here… He plays like a 27 year old on the Tour for ten years.”

14 seed Alcaraz will play Miomir Kecmanovic of Serbia tomorrow night for a slot in the Miami Open finals.

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