Coach Juan Carlos Ferrero admits it is nice to have Carlos Alcaraz compared to Rafael Nadal but underlines there is only one Nadal and Alcaraz is trying to make a name for himself on the Tour. Alcaraz, 18, is already a two-time ATP champion and ranked inside the top-20.
Some think that Alcaraz could be the next teenage Grand Slam champion. Alcaraz made the Australian Open third round, before losing to Matteo Berrettini. "We take it very well but there is only one Rafa and there is only one Carlos.
From here, each one will try to write their pages as best as possible; At the moment Rafa has a million books written and Carlos is starting," Ferrero told Punto de Break.
Alcaraz out of Acapulco
Alcaraz, who won Rio de Janeiro last week, decided against making his Acapulco debut this week.
“He had played four matches in two days, they were days of a lot of waiting at the club, with the courts very heavy due to all the heavy rain, which made the ball also get very heavy. He has been wearing his elbow out over the week, so looking to the future we have the Davis Cup in Marbella and then the Masters events in Indian Wells and Miami.
This week has gone very well, so we decided to go home and rest until Thursday, where we will train again for the Davis Cup. He is really looking forward to making his debut, since COVID did not let him play last December," Ferrero explained.
Alcaraz likes to go for drop shots and Ferrero says he is not going to discourage the 18-year-old from going for that shot. "It is a weapon that he has had since he was very young, very natural, with a lot of talent, so I will never tell him not to do it.
What I do tell him is not to force it, that he has many weapons and you have to stay organized on the court," Ferrero added.