Rising Spanish star Carlos Alcaraz thinks being compared to Rafael Nadal shows that he is doing all the correct things. Alcaraz, 18, is one of the most exciting prospects in a long time and some are calling him the new Nadal.
Last year, Alcaraz won his maiden ATP title in Umag, won the Next Gen ATP Finals and stunned world No. 4 Stefanos Tsitsipas at the US Open. "If the people compare you with Rafa, it means you are doing the correct things.
I'm trying not to think about it, and just following my way," Alcaraz said on Tennis Channel, as quoted on Sportskeeda. "I want the people to know me as Carlos Alcaraz, that's it."
Alcaraz enjoyed the 2021 season
"First year on the ATP tour, I had to learn from the best tennis players in the world like Rafa, Zverev.
I had great memories, great matches and moments," Alcaraz added. "I learned a lot and enjoyed every moment." Alcaraz is working with Juan Carlos Ferrero, who immediately saw the talent in the Spaniard. I saw him practicing with people when he was 14, 15, or 16, with people who had such a high level.
And he was adapting his game to that game. The first moment that I saw him, I could see some of the differences with other players. Very dynamic, very aggressive, he likes to go to the net. He's not the typical Spanish style," Ferrero said.
"He believes he can win every match that he plays, so it's very important to be one of the best. He wants to do all the time, all the things, like, perfect. I think he has the chance to be a great player, one of the special ones, but of course, it's maybe too early to put on him that kind of pressure to win Grand Slams. But of course, I do believe that he can do it."