'There is a dispute because they adore Rafael Nadal', says ATP ace

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'There is a dispute because they adore Rafael Nadal', says ATP ace

He will debut in singles on Tuesday 3 May on "Manolo Santana" against Georgian Nikoloz Basilashvili. Carlos Alcaraz does not want to be satisfied and will try to be one of the absolute protagonists in the 'home' tournament in Madrid, also valid in the ATP circuit as a Master 1000.

The Spaniard focused on several themes in the opening press conference, such as his doubles debut with Iberian Marc Lopez on the same pitch where he will play the first round of the individual competition: "It was not easy to play, there are many details such as sun and shade, the stands behind, these are aspects that must be grasped little by little, it is clear that it is good for me to play doubles to polish these trifles.

It is always difficult to play on these fields, ”he commented. On the warmth of the audience: "I noticed it from the first point to the last. It was all spectacular, people come to see me in training, from the first day I felt that affection and the truth is that I feel lucky to be able to live these moments.

It is not easy to play at home, there is a lot of expectation, many people who want you to do well, but I am a guy who changes things and I take it as an extra motivation. Playing at home and with your people, in those difficult moments everything helps you to move forward,” he stressed.

Hypothetical quarter-final with the winner of 21 Grand Slam titles, as well as compatriot, Rafael Nadal: "He is a Master 1000, here every match is super complicated, perhaps the first round could be like the final of an ATP."

Rafa has won Roland Garros a record 13 times

Feliciano Lopez, tournament director at the Madrid Open, recently heaped praise on two legendary Spanish tennis players, Rafael Nadal and Manolo Santana. Lopez referred to the 21-time Major winner as "our biggest pillar."

"The tournament can be defined with two people: Manolo Santana, who convinced the mayor and the people believed in the project thanks to him, and the other is Rafa Nadal," Lopez said. "He has been our biggest pillar in these years and has contributed to the growth of the tournament, because he fills the courts and is well loved in Madrid," he continued.

"Surely in Mallorca they love him more, but here there is a dispute because they adore him." The Spaniard, who has won Roland Garros a record 13 times, will be looking to come into his own ahead of the tournament, which begins later this month.