Carlos Alcaraz produced an impressive show in the Wimbledon final on Sunday when he defeated 23-time Grand Slam winner Novak Djokovic in a five set thriller. Djokovic, who many believed to be the favorite heading into the contest, started the match on a commanding note, winning the first set handily.
Alcaraz did not let the Serbian escape with the second set, which he won the first after pushing him to the tiebreaker. He then outclassed Djokovic completely in the third set, but the seven-time champion rallied in the fourth to take the match to the decider.
Alcaraz closed out the match in the fifth set thanks to an early break. He won [1-6, 7-6(6), 6-1, 3-6, 6-4] his first Wimbledon title. As the world, sports fans at least, celebrate the 20-year-old’s magnificent triumph, an old video of him playing on a clay court has gone viral on social media due to commentator mention of Virat Kohli. .
It is from a match between Alcaraz and Stefanos Tsitsipas. In the video, Alcaraz can be seen serving a ball and then returning a ball coming from the opposite court with a powerful forehand.
Tsitsipas, who enjoys a reputation as one of the strong players of the current era, then drops it near the net, but finds himself outmatched by the brilliance of Alcaraz, who catches his opponent by surprise by doing the same.
Shortly after the point, the commentator can be heard comparing Alcaraz to Virat Kohli and Michael Jordan. “It’s like seeing virat kohli in cricket or Michael Jordan,” the commentator can be heard saying on the video.
“Really, it’s that special,” his fellow commenter replied before he himself said: “Very good! All you can do is smile.”
VIDEO: Alcaraz compared to Virat Kohli while an old video shakes the Internet
Virat Kohli is considered a modern day great with 75 international centuries to his name, behind only Sachin Tendulkar (100). With 25,461 runs so far, he also ranks sixth on the list of all-time leading run-scorers in international cricket.
Meanwhile, the win over Djokovic helped Alcaraz retain pole position in the ATP rankings. Alcaraz, who won the US Open last year, also his first Grand Slam, became the first teenager to lead the ATP in September last year.
Alcaraz and Djokovic have been trading the top spot this season, with the 20-year-old entering his 29th week at the top.