Former world No. 2 Alex Corretja thinks beating Carlos Alcaraz was a great confidence boost for Alexander Zverev and he thinks the German could definitely be a very dangerous opponent for Rafael Nadal. In the French Open quarterfinal, Zverev defeated Alcaraz in four sets to reach the semifinal.
Zverev wasn't really given much of a chance before the match but he managed to deliver a strong performance and beat the 19-year-old Spaniard. Now, Zverev will have to beat another Spaniard in order to reach his first French Open semifinal.
Zverev is 25 and stated a few days ago that he is at the stage of his career when he is expected to win.
Corretja: Zverev could be dangerous for Nadal
“It should be huge [the confidence gained from beating Alcaraz] because he played very well and he beat someone who only lost one match across the whole clay-court season and it was the first time he beat a top-10 player at a Slam, so it should give him a feeling that he can do it again.
Also against Rafa, in a way, tactically, Sascha knows exactly how he should play. Even if he goes onto court knowing it will be very difficult he should think he can do it. The mindset before the semi-finals is ‘why can’t I beat Rafa on clay? Why can’t I do it?’ So I think Sascha will be very dangerous," Corretja said on Eurosport.
Zverev and Nadal will be going head-to-head for the 10th time when they met in the French Open semifinal. Zverev has a negative head-to-head versus Nadal but has had some success against the Spaniard. Nadal, a record 21-time Grand Slam champion, leads the head-to-head versus Zverev 6-3.
Four of those nine meetings were played on clay as Nadal won three of those four clay meetings. Zverev's lone clay win over Nadal came at the Madrid Masters last year.