Coach Juan Carlos Ferrero insists Carlos Alcaraz is mentally very strong but adds it's not easy for an 18-year-old player to deal with comparisons to Rafael Nadal. Alcaraz, 18, is one of the most exciting prospects in a long time and some believe he could be the new Nadal..
"He absorbs it very well, without added pressure. Since everyone has started saying that he is the new player who could go right to the top, he has tried to stay in a small bubble. Above all, to try and stay on his own path.
Carrying the burden of comparisons with a player like Rafa [Nadal] is difficult for such a young boy," Ferrero told the ATP website. "He is very mentally strong but he still has a lot to learn – we saw it last week [he was in tears against Hugo Gaston in the last 16 of the Rolex Paris Masters].
There are things that he is unable to control. The fact that they compare him with Rafa is difficult but we have always handled it well. Him best of all. He wants to do things his own way and so far, he really is coping very well.
We haven't noticed more or less pressure because of this."
'Being compared to Nadal says a lot about Alcaraz'
Nadal is one of the greatest players in tennis history as he is a 20-time Grand Slam champion and former world No.
1. "I'd say you have to be very clear about it. We talk about it, not much, but sometimes we've talked about it. And we're very sure of the road he wants to follow. So they compare him with Rafa? Great, that means that people think he has a lot of potential.
But he has to be very clear, and other people do too, that he has to stay on his own path. I won't say that Rafa's career is unrepeatable, but almost. Carlos has to have his own career and keep looking forward," Ferrero added.