French football legend Zinedine Zidane thinks Carlos Alcaraz is definitely someone who has a great potential but still he is giving the slight edge to Rafael Nadal at the French Open. On Friday, Zidane was at Roland Garros following matches and he closely followed Nadal's victory over Botic van de Zandschulp.
Nadal, who will be turning 36 next month, captured his first French Open title in 2005. Since then, Nadal has won 12 more French Open titles and now he is a record 13-time French Open champion. On the other side, 19-year-old Alcaraz is targeting to make his Grand Slam breakthrough this fortnight at Roland Garros.
"The new generation is great, but I am from the older one. We'll try and keep pushing Rafael Nadal [as the favorite for the French Open] if he can. He's still here, so it would be great," Zidane said in a video posted by Roland Garros, via Sportskeeda.
"But it's true that the new generation with Carlos Alcaraz will eventually take over."
Zidane enjoyed watching Nadal, Novak Djokovic
On Friday, both Nadal and Djokovic were in action. Nadal saw off van de Zandschulp in three sets to reach the last-16, while Djokovic defeated Aljaz Bedene.
"It's always a pleasure to be here and share moments like this in such a relaxed atmosphere and watch great athletes do their thing," Zidane said. "Roland Garros is such a legendary place, so whenever we have the chance to come here, we seize it."
There is a lot at stake at this year's French Open as Nadal is aiming to win a record 22nd Grand Slam, while Djokovic is targeting to win his 21st Major and tie Nadal on the all-time Grand Slam record list. Djokovic didn't play at the Australian Open and Nadal took the advantage of it to win a record 21st Grand Slam title.