Carlos Alcaraz: I don't want to be known as a mini-Rafael Nadal



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Carlos Alcaraz: I don't want to be known as a mini-Rafael Nadal

Carlos Alcaraz has made it clear he wants to make a for himself as he doesn't want to be known as a "mini-Rafael Nadal" or a "second-Nadal." Alcaraz, 18, is one of the most promising and talented players on tour.

Last year, Alcaraz captured his maiden ATP title in Umag, won the Next Gen ATP Finals, stunned world No. 4 Stefanos Tsitsipas and achieved a career-high ranking of No. 31 in the world. "I don’t want people to know me as a mini-Nadal or a second Nadal.

I just want to be Carlos Alcaraz," Alcaraz told The New York Times. "[I want to be known as] a young, humble guy who knows what he needs to do. A kid who wants to make his dreams come true and is working for that, training for that every day."

Alcaraz doesn't want to put too much pressure on himself

"I need to be happy and lively on the court. When I’m dead serious the whole time, it’s not a good sign for me. It makes me more nervous," Alcaraz added.

"People focus on me because I’m young and doing very well, and people are always interested when you do things at a young age. But I am really not trying to focus on that”. On Friday, Alcaraz suffered a tight loss at the Australian Open.

Alcaraz competed well against Matteo Berrettini but No. 7 seed Berrettini escaped with a 6-2 7-6 (3) 4-6 2-6 7-6 (5) win. Alcaraz had a chance to go up by a break in the fifth set but Berrettini saved a break point in the third game.

After failing to convert a break point, Alcaraz saved a break point in the fourth game. Alcaraz saved a match point on his serve in the 12th game to force a tie-break but failed in his bid to surprise Berrettini as Berrettini realized his second match point in the tie-break.