Andy Roddick weighs in on Carlos Alcaraz - Rafael Nadal comparison

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Andy Roddick weighs in on Carlos Alcaraz - Rafael Nadal comparison

Former world No. 1 Andy Roddick acknowledged that Carlos Alcaraz is mega-talented but suggested tennis fans should relax a bit with the Alcaraz and Rafael Nadal comparison. Alcaraz, 18, has been absolutely phenomenal at the start of the new season and some believe he could be follow in Nadal's footsteps and win a Grand Slam as a teenager.

"I can't mention anything about [Carlos] Alcaraz on Twitter without someone automatically saying, 'Well, Rafa did this' and 'You know, Rafa did that.' We have to let this guy be his own person. And he seems comfortable in his own skin.

He seems comfortable with the way he plays. I just don't think it’s going to faze him," Roddick said on Tennis Channel, per Sportskeeda.

Roddick on if he has seen anyone like Alcaraz before

"Yes, name is Rafa (Nadal).

His name was Roger (Federer). His name was Andre (Agassi) at a certain time. The company he is keeping with these comparisons elicit that sort of name to make an apples-to-apples comparison," said Roddick. Alcaraz made his maiden Masters semifinal in Indian Wells, before losing to Rafael Nadal.

After a great Indian Wells campaign, Alcaraz went to Miami and won his maiden Masters title after beating Casper Ruud in the final. "Normally, I question, 'Listen, an 18-year-old in this big of a final for the first time, how is he going to come out?' I don't really doubt the way he is going to come out.

I think his team is going to like the way he comes out. I just don't see him kind of fading for the moment here," said Roddick. After Nadal defeated Alcaraz in Indian Wells, he said the 18-year-old "has all the ingredients" neccessary to become a great champion. The fact that Alcaraz is being compared to Nadal says a lot about the talent he possesses.