Former 18-time Chris Evert says there are so many similarities between Rafael Nadal and Carlos Alcaraz that she thought Nadal was talking about himself when he was describing Alcaraz. Alcaraz has been labeled as the new Nadal and the similarities between the two are evident.
Just like Nadal, Alcaraz is a hard-working guy, who remains humble all the time. "When Alcaraz lost to Nadal in Indian Wells, Nadal was talking about him and he said he's humble, passionate and strong. After he said all these superlatives, I just said to myself: ‘wait, he's talking about himself,’” Evert told Eurosport.
“And, sure enough, that's why he's the heir apparent to Nadal because he's got all those intangible qualities that are so appealing. Like being humble and being passionate, along with the physical tools, his movement and the fact that he has no weaknesses.
“He's got the whole package and I know I'm just sounding like everyone else when I say he's going to win multiple Grand Slams, but he could be in the double digits in Grand Slams and become No. 1. There's just nothing preventing him in my eyes”.
Evert: Alcaraz has the confidence, like all the great champions do
Alcaraz, 18, is already a Masters champion and on the verge of breaking into the top-10. After winning his first Masters title in Miami, Alcaraz achieved a career-high ranking of No.
11 in the world. Alcaraz is a humble guy but that doesn't mean he is not confident in his abilities. “All the great champions that had longevity - like [Roger] Federer, [Rafael] Nadal, Martina Navratilova, and Steffi Graf - have that belief and I think it's innate and I would not expect anything less.
I think that's one of the intangibles of a champion. We all see the tangible things like the power and the control and the stroke production," Evert added.