Carlos Alcaraz showed excellent performance in the first two rounds of the Australian Open 2022. The great promise of Spanish tennis left the crumbs to Tabilo and Lajovic, proving that he is already racing in Grand Slam tournaments.
Recall that the 18-year-old Iberian reached the quarter-finals at the US Open last year, as well as having won the Next Gen ATP Finals in Milan, beating the competition. Thanks to the victory against Lajovic, Carlos became the youngest player to hit the third round in Melbourne since Bernard Tomic (who succeeded in this feat way back in 2011).
The next obstacle on Alcaraz's path will be Matteo Berrettini, already beaten in Vienna in 2021. The Roman tennis player has not appeared in top form these days, so much so that the bookmakers attribute a slight preference to the pupil of Juan Carlos Ferrero.
In a recent interview with Tennis Channel, the Murciano once again focused on the comparison with Rafael Nadal.
Alcaraz on Rafael Nadal
"If the people compare you with Rafael Nadal, it means you are doing the correct things.
I'm trying not to think about it, and just following my way," he said. "I want the people to know me as Carlos Alcaraz, that's it." The 18-year-old also spoke in glowing terms about his experience on the ATP tour, claiming that he has learned a lot from his matches against top players like Nadal over the past year.
"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's coach Juan Carlos Ferrero also spoke to the Tennis Channel: "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."