Tommy Robredo weighs in on Carlos Alcaraz - Rafael Nadal comparison

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Tommy Robredo weighs in on Carlos Alcaraz - Rafael Nadal comparison

Former world No. 5 Tommy Robredo gave a lengthy interview to Spanish news agency EFE and to no one's surprise he was asked to give his thoughts on the Carlos Alcaraz and Rafael Nadal comparison. Alcaraz, 18, is already a two-time ATP champion and ranked at No.

16 in the world. Some think that Alcaraz could follow in the footsteps of Nadal and win a Grand Slam as a teenager. "I don't know if he will be number one, two, seven, but you can feel he has something more. What we can do is not say it's the new Rafa Nadal, but the new Alcaraz, and then I think he will catch on," Robredo told EFE, per We Love Tennis.

Robredo to retire at Barcelona

Robredo, 39, announced he will play his last tournament in Barcelona. Robredo captured his lone Barcelona title in 2004 after beating Gaston Gaudio in the final. “I’ve known I was going to retire for a while, but the pandemic put everything back,” Robredo said.

“I wanted both my friends and family to be there on the day of my retirement. “Now it will be time to dedicate myself to my family, especially my daughter. Until now I’ve never had anything more fulfilling than tennis, but now I’ve found it.

I want to be at home with my family and my daughter. Now I know that I don’t want to miss the first time she walks or says ‘papa’. Robredo enjoyed his best years a decade and a half ago as he reached a career-high ranking of No.

5 in 2006. “I’m an old school warrior,” Robredo added. “I’ve really looked after myself and I’ve stayed relatively free from injuries. I’ve been able to keep playing because I love tennis and I don’t struggle to get up in the mornings to go and train. Until the day we had to isolate, I gave it 100%."