Carlos Alcaraz had a dream start to the season, so much so that he has already been designated as the future ruler of men's tennis. In 2022, the very young Spaniard won two Masters 1000s (Miami and Madrid) and two ATP 500s (Rio and Barcelona).
The protégé of Juan Carlos Ferrero, who has chosen to skip the BNL Internationals of Italy, will be one of the very first favorites at Roland Garros. During the formidable week in Madrid, the 19-year-old from Murcia had the satisfaction of beating his idol Rafael Nadal, number 1 ATP Novak Djokovic and defending champion Alexander Zverev in sequence.
According to many players and insiders, 'Carlitos' is the strongest in the world right now. Recall that the Iberian currently occupies the second position in the Race, behind Nadal. In a video posted on YouTube, Rick Macci - historic coach of the Williams sisters and Jennifer Capriati - analyzed in detail the various aspects of Alcaraz's game.
The latter showed off an uncommon completeness in these first months of the year.
Rick Macci praises Carlos Alcaraz
"This is a generational talent. I have never seen a young man, a complete package, like Carlos," Macci began.
"Let me explain exactly what I see but at the end of the day, everybody looks on the outside - they look at the Ferrari," he continued. "I always say, greatness is really on the inside - how you are going to handle pressure." Macci described the 19-year-old as a combination of Andre Agassi, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, and Novak Djokovic and lauded "the quality of his consistency." "I look at him as a combination of Agassi, Federer, Nadal, and the Djoker.
I look at him as wrapped, all four of those in one," he said. "Agassi, technically. There are a lot of common threads, taking the ball early, compact strokes, very exlosive. He is cut from the same cloth as Rafa. If he has to play patient and steady, you want to play 30 balls, no problem, he will play 31," he continued.
"But the difference with Carlos, is the quality of his consistency. It's one thing to be consistent, but to do it at 50, 60, 70, 80 miles an hour ten times in a row - thats a whole different animal. So, everybody has to understand what we are looking at here," he added.
Rafael Nadal is not only the ‘King of Clay’ but also the ‘King of Comebacks’. Take the example of the Australian Open this year. Nadal was making a comeback after missing the latter half of the 2021 season.