'Facing Rafael Nadal, Alexander Zverev, Daniil Medvedev felt..' says Carlos Alcaraz

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'Facing Rafael Nadal, Alexander Zverev, Daniil Medvedev felt..' says Carlos Alcaraz

Starting the 2020 season from just inside the top-500, the young Spanish gun Carlos Alcaraz has had quite a ride in the past two years! Carlos is currently ranked on the verge of the top-30 following 32 ATP wins in 2021, the most for an 18-year-old player since Andrei Medvedev in 1992.

In the season behind us, Carlos played against Alexander Zverev, Rafael Nadal, Daniil Medvedev, Stefanos Tsitsipas and Andy Murray, gathering experience from those encounters and learning how to deal with the more experienced opponents from the top.

The Spaniard wrapped up an incredible year with the ATP Next Gen Finals crown in Milan, hoping for another strong run in 2022 that would push him closer to his goals of becoming world no. 1 and a Major winner. Led by Juan Carlos Ferrero, Alcaraz has made significant improvements on his game outside clay to become the youngster to watch in the years to come.

Carlos Alcaraz spoke about his incredible season.

"If anyone had told me at the beginning of the year that I would have a season like this one, I would have thought they were crazy and would not believe it. It has been an unbelievable year, full of new experiences.

Starting with the Australian Open main draw, right up until the Next Gen Finals, I have had excellent times, bad times and lots of moments to learn and grow from. I'm thankful for everything I have experienced, for example, playing against Rafa in Madrid, Zverev in Acapulco, and Medvedev at Wimbledon.

These were great moments against great players on big courts, in which maybe you do not play quite as well as you hoped, but these were extraordinary challenges to encounter throughout the year, and I believe I am now more experienced thanks to them.

Ultimately, that is why I have finished the year in the position I'm now in. It meant a lot to close the season with the ATP Next Gen Finals crown; I felt great on the court physically and enjoyed it a lot. The main thing I have learned in 2021 is how to regulate myself, play when I'm nervous and control my nerves against the world's best players.

I realized that I could compete with the best and defeat them after the match against Stefanos Tsitsipas at the US Open," Carlos Alcaraz said.