2004 French Open champion Guillermo Coria thinks Carlos Alcaraz could be a dominant force on clay from next year onward as the Argentine thinks we are looking at a new Rafael Nadal. Alcaraz, 18, is already a two-time ATP champion and is enjoying a career-high ranking of No.
16 in the world. Alcaraz, who is now enjoying a deep Miami run, is set to break into the top-15 when the ATP rankings list gets updated on Monday. Coria says he absolutely sees some of Nadal's characteristics in Alcaraz's game.
"Next year Alcaraz will be a GREAT candidate to win all the tournaments on clay, this year there is no doubt that he will be a great protagonist from Monaco to Paris but I imagine from 2023 to a future Rafa. Well surrounded, tremendous winning mentality with a lot of hunger for glory," Coria wrote on Twitter.
Coria, Andy Roddick agree that Alcaraz is mega talented
After Alcaraz saw off Stefanos Tsitsipas in the Miami round-of-16, Roddick opened on how he feels about the 18-year-old. "This guy moves like, it's unbelievable.
People normally have to grow into their movement and he doesn't need much time to fire the forehand. Most of the guys with huge forehands need two feet under them to give them around. This guy can turn on real quick, almost like Andre Agassi used to drive," said Roddick.
"You hit a big ball to him, it will come just as fast. This guy is no joke. He's the real deal and I don't know if this is an upset. I don't know if we've seen someone this young, who you kind of expect to win matches like this, kind of often.
This guy is an animal." Alcaraz is having a great start to the 2022 season and some former stars believe the 18-year-old could become win a Grand Slam as a teenager.