'Rafael Nadal has a tendency to push himself to...', says former star

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'Rafael Nadal has a tendency to push himself to...', says former star

Carlos Alcaraz became the 14th Spanish tennis player to ever reach the quarterfinals in the history of the Miami Open presented by Itaú (1985-2022). And he has done it with just 18 years and 10 months. The only countryman to have qualified for the quarterfinals of this event at a younger age is Rafael Nadal, who was a runner-up in 2005 (l.

to Federer) aged 18 years and nine months. But the most incredible thing is how Alcaraz has managed to qualify for him at this stage: without giving up sets in the tournament and beating Stefanos Tsitsipas in his last match, who came to have a 5-2 lead in the first set .

How did you reverse that handicap? Alcaraz responded by dropping his ATP HeadToHead record to 2-0 with the Greek. “The truth is that it was very difficult. I remember that at 5-2 I was only thinking about winning my serve to start the second set by serving.

The first one was already almost lost because he had had few opportunities to break his serve in the first set,” reflects the Murcian. “But, in the end, I kept fighting until the end, I was able to pull it off. I was able to break him twice and end up winning the set.

That gave me a lot of energy to start the second. It has been very important. In the end, I am very happy with my level”. Thanks to this result, men's tennis in Spain reaches five consecutive editions with at least one representative in the quarterfinals.

Rafael Nadal became the first person to win 21 Grand Slam titles, moving past his two great rivals Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic, who have 20 each. His victory marked one of the greatest comebacks in tennis history so far.

Wilander speaks about Nadal

In a recent interview with Eurosport, Mats Wilander said he never felt that injuries would shorten Rafael Nadal's career, contrary to what most experts believed. “Rafa Nadal loves tennis and competing so much that when he’s feeling good he’s going to go out there and he’s going to run as hard as he can.

People are saying Rafa Nadal will not last a long time because of injuries, I’ve always said kind of the opposite,” said Wilander. The Spaniard was recently diagnosed with a rib fracture, which will sideline him for four to six weeks.

He will miss the Monte-Carlo Masters and Barcelona Open and his participation in the rest of the clay swing is still uncertain. “In a perfect world I would have thought that after he won the tournament in Acapulco, Mexico playing as well as he did, beating Medvedev again in two sets, beating Cameron Norrie in the finals in two sets, I was 100% sure that he was not going to go and play in Indian Wells or Miami,” mentioned Wilander.