'When I saw Rafael Nadal coming I would go...', says WTA star

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'When I saw Rafael Nadal coming I would go...', says WTA star

Carlos Alcaraz, 18, insists that Rafael Nadal is a very "normal, ordinary and humble guy." Alcaraz is one of the most exciting prospects in a long time and some call him the new Nadal. "The first time I saw Nadal was on the Rafa Nadal Tour, it was a trophy ceremony and I could hardly exchange words with him," Alcaraz wrote for Eurosport.

"But then, the first time I spoke with him, I saw that he was a normal and ordinary boy, very close, it was very nice to be with him, if you did not know who Rafa is, you would say that he is a normal and ordinary person, I think that is what characterizes him, that he is close, humble and cheerful.

My coach, Juan Carlos Ferrero, who plays a fundamental role in my career, does not like to be compared to Rafa, he tries to make me concentrate on myself, to be Carlos Alcaraz and not to try to look like anyone else. That helps me a lot."

Alcaraz was forced to withdraw from the DavisCup after testing positive. "Representing Spain is everything, it is invaluable," said Alcaraz. "Representing your country on any court or competition is everything.

When they told me I was on Davis' team this year, I didn't believe it. It was a child's dream to be part of the Davis Cup. I have great memories of Ferrer's game against Kohlschreiber in Valencia in 2018, crazy.

And also the Davis of 2019 in Madrid, which was spectacular, full of emotions, with Roberto (Bautista), who left, came back and won (his father died in the middle of the tournament)."

Rafa was recently spotted on the practice courts

Rafael Nadal is one of the most highly accomplished Spanish athletes of all time, and he is revered by his compatriots on the tennis tour, including 2021 Indian Wells champion Paula Badosa.

"I have always said he (Rafael Nadal) is my idol and for five years I have begun to coincide more with him," Badosa was quoted as saying by MARCA. "I remember in the first tournaments, when I saw Rafa Nadal and I was very intimidated by everything he has achieved."

Badosa further revealed that she would even go to the bathroom to hide every time she saw Nadal. "I remember in some tournament of he would come to greet me and I would half hide or when I saw him coming I would go to the bathroom so he wouldn't see me because he wouldn't come out or introduce myself because I got very nervous. But now I'm getting used to it," she added.