'I try not to think about that comparisons with Rafael Nadal', says ATP star



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'I try not to think about that comparisons with Rafael Nadal', says ATP star

0Tennis player Rafael Nadal is recognized as one of the best athletes in the history of sport and is considered, along with Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic, as the best tennis player in history. The peculiarity of him mainly concerns his great victories on clay with the Iberian tennis player who has won 62 titles on clay and thanks to this he is considered the 'King of clay' Rafael Nadal is considered almost unanimously as the strongest tennis player in the beaten earth.

Throughout his career he has won 20 Grand Slam titles, the Olympic gold medal in singles in 2008 and doubles in 2016, won 5 Davis Cups with the Spanish team, 36 Masters 1000 and an incredible series of staggering records.

Rafa was number one for a total of 209 weeks and is the only player who has never dropped from the Top 10 in the rankings. Nadal is the only player in history to have won the same tournament 13 times, an even more important record considering that we are facing Roland Garros.

In Paris, Nadal has legendary numbers as he has a record of 105 wins and only 3 losses. With exciting new innings and a young generation having a new deep dominance on the court, exciting battles are on the horizon. However, fans are also sure to miss out on some of his classic favorites that won't appear in Tokyo, including Rafael Nadal.

Earlier this year, Rafael Nadal chose not to participate in both the 2021 Wimbledon Championships and the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Carlos Alcaraz talks about Rafael Nadal

Teenage sensation Carlos Alcaraz won his maiden ATP title on Sunday, beating Richard Gasquet to lift the Plava Laguna Croatia Open in Umag.

And after the match the 18-year-old spoke at length with ATP, answering a few questions on the Big 3 as well as his future goals in tennis. "I try not to think about that (comparisons with Rafael Nadal)," Alcaraz said.

"I say always the same – I'm focused on my [path]. I’m still learning, still growing up, still being friendly with everyone and am still focused on my [path]." Carlos Alcaraz went on to reveal that his initial goal for 2021 was to break into the top 50, which he is very close to doing now that he has reached the No.

55 spot with his title in Umag. The Spaniard also expressed his desire to attain the top spot in men's tennis some day. "My goal for this year was to reach the top 50," Alcaraz said. "I think now I'm [close], so when I reach this goal I'm going to put another goal for the end of the season. My biggest goal is to reach No. 1 in the world and I'm working hard for that."