'Rafael Nadal might not be able to get past...', says top analyst



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'Rafael Nadal might not be able to get past...', says top analyst

Carlos Alcaraz flies on the grass at Wimbledon. The Spanish number two is considered one of the big favorites, although he has less experience on grass than others in this tournament, such as Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal.

His debut on this surface, however, was not the easiest: he had to win in the fifth set, after a battle that lasted just over four hours, to beat the German Struff, author of a great match on Court 1 of Wimbledon. In the second round, however, Alcaraz showed that he had become more confident on English grass, beating Dutchman Griekspoor in three sets.

With this victory, the Murcian talent secured the third round of the British Grand Slam, where another German player awaits him: Oscar Otte, current number 36 in the world, who in the previous rounds defeated his compatriot Gojowczyk in the initial round and the American Harrison in the second.

The Third Round Objective not only advances him in the tournament, but also sets another record for him. Carlos Alcaraz only needed seven Slam appearances to reach at least the third round in all four events. The third round is the highest goal reached so far at the Australian Open and Wimbledon; in the other two events, however, he went further, reaching the quarterfinals at the US Open and Roland Garros.

Ducey talks about Rafa Nadal

In an interview with the Tennis Channel, Kenny Ducey spoke about Rafael Nadal's chances of winning a third title at Wimbledon by highlighting the difficulty of his draw. "I’m not going to put my life savings against Rafa but I will continue to say that the deck is definitely stacked against him," said Ducey.

"I just think he’s going to get batted and bruised along the way through this draw and like that’s just not something we normally say about the Nadals, the Federers, the Djokovics, we just usually expect them to come through without dropping a set pretty easily but yeah I mean I think we already the saw it and the more time on court, the worse for him.

The top half of this quarter, there is going to be a good player coming out and playing Rafael Nadal assuming he gets to the quarter final, and it is going to be an American player which is very exciting," Ducey said.

"You know you wanna talk about the proverbial favourite to get there would be Taylor Fritz and Taylor Fritz I mean he already has the win over Rafa. You know the foor will definitely be a factor there and that guy is just going to be absolutely relentless with that forehand, I mean the sheer amount of power that rafa’s gonna have to face, is gonna be so difficult," he added.