Marcelo Rios: Carlos Alcaraz should've won but Rafael Nadal won because he's Nadal

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Marcelo Rios: Carlos Alcaraz should've won but Rafael Nadal won because he's Nadal

Former world No. 1 Marcelo Rios thinks Carlos Alcaraz is a special talent and added the 18-year-old should have beaten Rafael Nadal in Indian Wells. Last month, Alcaraz competed extremely well against Nadal but the 21-time Grand Slam champion used all of his experience to claim a 6-4 4-6 6-3 win over the 18-year-old in the Indian Wells semifinal.

"I saw him play with Nadal in Indian Wells. He should have won, but Nadal won because he's Nadal. He is a Nadal boy, he plays hard, he has a good physique. He is trained by Ferrero. He plays very well," Rios told La Tercera.

Nadal praised Alcaraz after the match

"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."

Two weeks later, Alcaraz went to Miami and collected his first Masters title. After beatin Hubert Hurkacz in the Miami semifinal, Alcaraz opened on what he learned from the Nadal match in Indian Wells. "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."