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Eye of the Coach #80 : “Alcaraz doesn’t have an edge on Novak”

In the latest episode of the Eye of the coach, Patrick Mouratoglou is saying that Carlos Alcaraz has no advantage over Novak (Djokovic), even after the Wimbledon final

August 15, 2023
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Patrick Mouratoglou does not believe that Carlos Alcaraz has “an edge” over Novak Djokovic, having beaten him in the Wimbledon final.

Alcaraz edged out Djokovic in a five-set thriller to win his second Grand Slam title but in the latest edition of The Eye of the Coach, Mouratoglou, the former coach of Serena Williams, says Djokovic did not play his best.

“I don’t think Carlos has an edge on Novak,” he says. “I think both players are very close in terms of level. I think Novak can play much better than he did in the Wimbledon final. I think he was very nervous.”

Alcaraz’s win at Wimbledon ended Djokovic’s quest for the calendar-year Grand Slam and stopped him from winning his 24th slam, which would equal the overall record, held by Margaret Court. Mouratoglou says Djokovic may actually benefit from losing at Wimbledon, in the long run.

“I feel that being this ultimate favourite all the time and playing for history, it has to be a burden,” he says. “So now in a way that Carlos is a favourite as well, Novak will feel more free the next time he plays him.”

And Mouratoglou says he thinks Djokovic will add more Grand Slam titles in due course.

“Will he (Alcaraz) prevent Novak from winning any (more) Grand Slams? I don’t think so,” he says. “Will he take some and Novak takes some? I think so.”


  • 0:01 – Carlos Alcaraz doesn’t have an edge over Novak Djokovic
  • 0.10 – Both players are very close in terms of level
  • 0:17 – Why chasing history all the time is a burden for Djokovic
  • 0.37 – Why Djokovic will feel more free next time he plays Alcaraz
  • 0:45 – Why Alcaraz alone won’t stop Djokovic winning more slams

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