Carlos Alcaraz from Spain has been the rising star during the second half of 2021. After working hard for quite some time, his efforts are paying off at the 2021 US Open. The Spanish teenager has a relentless attitude on the court, much like another Spanish legend.
Rafael Nadal, who is also Alcaraz's idol, has inspired him to become the player that he has become. Born in Murcia, Alcaraz has played tennis from a young age. He has been seeing a steady rise in the rankings for the last year, and is currently ranked 55th in the world.
In 2021, the Spaniard has performed well in all tournaments. Because of his ranking, Alcaraz has been unlucky enough to draw multiple times. On the contrary, he has overcome these opening blues at Flushing Meadows 2021, to reach his first quarter-final.
It all started in Winston-Salem, where the 18-year-old made it to the semifinal. The result was a huge confidence boost for the player. In New York, Alcaraz Garfia faced 26th seed Cameron Norrie in the first round.
Carlos Alcaraz was one of the stars of the show in New York
Rafael Nadal's uncle Toni believes Carlos Alcaraz is technically superior to his nephew's 18-year-old self.
According to Uncle Toni, Alcaraz and his nephew are different players stylistically but are similar in their hunger to win at any cost. "They (Carlos Alcaraz and Rafael Nadal) are different players, but they do have things in common," Toni Nadal said.
"All the people who play very well have things in common. The first is the will and desire to win, and nowadays it is difficult to see a boy who is very focused." Toni Nadal also talked about the technicalities of Carlos Alcaraz's game, lauding the fact that he takes the ball early.
"He is a very complete player, with a very aggressive and very modern game, playing the ball very quickly," Rafael Nadal's uncle said. "He has very good technique and looks very focused, he has a very hopeful future."
Toni Nadal's charge, Felix Auger-Aliassime, will take on Daniil Medvedev in the semifinals of the 2021 US Open on Friday. "I am not nervous because, firstly, there is still a long time to go before the game, and secondly, because with Nadal I fortunately experienced many situations of these and I am used to it," Toni Nadal said.
Carlos Alcaraz became the youngest male player in the open era to qualify for the quarter-finals, at the US Open. Notably, with his surreal run of form, he promises a secure future for Spanish tennis. But more so, he marked the beginning of what will surely be an immensely decorated career.