Toni Nadal gives thoughts on Carlos Alcaraz's rapid rise

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Toni Nadal gives thoughts on Carlos Alcaraz's rapid rise

Legendary tennis coach Toni Nadal says Carlos Alcaraz has made "a meteoric improvement" over the last few months and adds it's impressive the way in which the 18-year-old wins his matches. Even though Alcaraz is just 18, he is already one of the most physically dominant players on the Tour and on Sunday he became a Masters champion after winning Miami.

Also, Alcaraz often finds a way to win tight matches, proving that he already has a great mental strength. “His evolution during these months has been meteoric. He has improved in all aspects of his game, both physically and technically.

He does everything and he does everything well. If he gets the victory, he will become the first Spaniard to register his name in this prestigious tournament. I had the opportunity to see some of his matches in recent tournaments and I must admit that his game left me impressed.

He has become a complete player and very difficult to crush. His great technical ability is combined with an extraordinary physical condition. He has a fast and powerful game that is hard to beat. He combines devastating punches with subtle punches and has the confidence to dare to execute the toughest shots in the toughest times.

His journey in this tournament has not been easy. If in some meetings he got rid of his rivals with authority, in others he had to squeeze to the end. And in the latter, we were able to verify his high degree of maturity, his desire to fight and the mental strength he has to face really complicated situations," Toni Nadal said, per We Love Tennis.

Alcaraz is being compared to Rafael Nadal

Alcaraz grew up watching and idolizing record 21-time Grand Slam champion. Alcaraz made his maiden Masters semifinal in Indian Wells, before losing to Nadal in three sets. After the match, Nadal praised Alcaraz, saying the 18-year-old has what it takes to become a great player.

The men's game hasn't had a teenage Grand Slam champion in a long time. Some believe that Alcaraz could make a splash this year and win a Grand Slam as a teenager.