In a video posted on Instagram, Patrick Mouratoglou spent nice words for Carlos Alcaraz. Serena Williams' now former coach described him as a modern version of Rafael Nadal. The 21-time Grand Slam champion bent his compatriot in the Indian Wells semi-final.
Mouratoglou explained: "The comparison between Carlos Alcaraz and Rafael Nadal is perfectly understandable. They are both Spanish and have a scary physique. Furthermore, they are both very strong mentally. The playing style of the first Nadal did not resemble that of Alcaraz, while today they are quite similar.
Nadal has become much more aggressive than in the past. I would say that Carlos is the modern version of Rafa." He also analyzed: "Of course, there are also substantial differences between the two. Alcaraz plays right-handed, while Nadal is left-handed, which makes a big difference.
Rafa's technique is one of a kind, while Carlos's is a bit more classic. There are points in common, but also differences." Patrick believes that the Spanish player can win a Grand Slam already this year: "He seems ready, he has already shown he can do it.
He's a war machine, he's got all the shots, he's got no weaknesses, he's backed by a great team and he's super ambitious."
Carlos Alcaraz's amazing season till now
The Miami Open proved that Carlos Alcaraz is already the present of the sport.
The Spanish champion, fresh from the semifinal at Indian Wells, made a memorable ride on Florida hardcourt and won his first Masters 1000. Juan Carlos Ferrero's pupil has also become the youngest player ever to win this tournament.
Along the way, the 19-year-old from Murcia got rid of excellent players like Stefanos Tsitsipas and Hubert Hurkacz, as well as beating a wild Miomir Kecmanovic in the photo finish. In the final he didn't let Casper Ruud escape, overwhelming the Norwegian despite a bad start.
Everything suggests that Carlos will also be one of the protagonists on clay, where he will try to break the hegemony of Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic.