Rising Spanish star Carlos Alcaraz fell just short of beating Rafael Nadal in Indian Wells but still he came out as a winner from that match because that encounter gave him a clearer picture of what is means to fight to your fullest on the court.
Nadal, who is one of the biggest competitors in all sports, edged out Alcaraz in a three-setter to 6-4 4-6 6-3. Alcaraz was on the verge of becoming the first player to beat Nadal in 2022 but fell just short as the former world No.
1 found a way to fend off the 18-year-old. After Indian Wells, Alcaraz went to Miami, where he won his maiden Masters title. "I learned about the fighting spirit, of never giving up. Many people will have also seen the Australian match, he was losing and came back almost miraculously.
From that match against him I get the fighting spirit, never give up and fight until the last ball," Alcaraz said, per Punto de Break.
Nadal praised Alcaraz after the match
After beating Alcaraz in Indian Wells, Nadal underlined that Alcaraz was a tough opponent and a legitimate threat to him a Masters semifinal.
"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." Also, Nadal said that Alcaraz "has all the ingredients" to be a great player.
Just like Nadal, Alcaraz became a Masters champion at the age of 18. Also, Alcaraz is already a top-10 player as he is ranked at No. 9 in the world.