Carlos Alcaraz reveals what he learned from Rafael Nadal match in Indian Wells



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Carlos Alcaraz reveals what he learned from Rafael Nadal match in Indian Wells

Carlos Alcaraz failed to beat Rafael Nadal in his first Masters semifinal but two weeks later made another Masters semifinal and this time he managed to go a step further. In Indian Wells, Alcaraz reached his first Masters semifinal before he was handed a 6-4 4-6 6-3 loss by Nadal.

This Friday, Alcaraz played his second Masters semifinal and this time ended on the winning side as the 18-year-old defeated Hubert Hurkacz 7-6 (5) 7-6 (3). After beating Hurkacz, Alcaraz was asked what he had learned from the Nadal match.

"Well, it was a great match against Rafa. I think that I played a great match against him. But I think that I learned how to play in in a semifinal in a Masters 1000. It was my first one, so now second one. I managed to do much better than in Indian Wells," Alcaraz explained.

"It was different match, I mean, this one than Rafa's match, but I think that the nerves, the tough moments, I managed better in this one than Indian Wells."

Nadal: Alcaraz is not a kid

Even though Alcaraz is just 18, he is quickly becoming one of the best players on the Tour.

After beating Alcaraz, Nadal offered some high praise for the 18-year-old - who is called by some the new Nadal. "I took it like another semi-final match. He's not a young player that is 100 in the world and is coming. He is a top player already, so I treated it like that, playing against one of the best players in the world," Nadal said.

"It doesn't matter if he's young or not, he's a great guy, an amazing player and he has a fantastic future. I treated it like this, just tried to go on court, try my best and accept all the challenges. I am through and it was a very important victory for me."