'I watched Rafael Nadal's final at the Australian Open and...', says star

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'I watched Rafael Nadal's final at the Australian Open and...', says star

If anyone has witnessed the explosion of a Spanish talent at such a young age, it is precisely Toni Nadal. Seeing Carlos Alcaraz at the level that allowed him to win the last edition of the US Open, there is no doubt that he will be compared to what Rafael Nadal was doing at that age.

His uncle, the renowned Spanish coach, went through his traditional column in the newspaper El País to talk about the feat that Juan Carlos Ferrero's pupil achieved in New York. "In two weeks he has achieved what many great tennis players long to achieve during an entire sports career; the precocity at which he has achieved it will be very difficult to overcome," said the Canadian's coach Félix Auger-Aliassime.

"They told me about him when he was 12 or 13 years old and the first time I saw him play, when he was 14 or 15, he really impressed me, he has a speed that no other tennis player on the circuit has," he added. Similarly, he sees Carlitos as the best prepared to be the next great dominator of the ATP circuit.

For now he is already number one in the world. At the same time, he believes that this will be only the first of many Grand Slam titles that he aims to win throughout his career. Now the challenge will be to see if he is capable of beating Rafa himself and Novak Djokovic in a “big”.

On this occasion he was lucky not to have to challenge them on his way to the title, as well as Daniil Medvedev, Alexander Zverev and Stefanos Tsitsipas. How many Grand Slams do you think Carlos Alcaraz can win in 2023?

Rafa Nadal won two Slams in 2022

Iga Swiatek spoke to Vogue about her experiences of sharing the court with Rafael Nadal and stated that the pair even played a singles match a few years ago.

"It was pretty amazing. We already played singles a couple of years ago at Roland Garros, which was a birthday gift from my team actually," she said. Speaking about Nadal, Swiatek said that watching him battle his way to the Australian Open title this year gave her extra motivation to pursue her goals.

"Rafa is such a great person on and off the court and he has inspired me so much, especially this season when I watched his final at the Australian Open. It really gave me extra motivation and even more grit on court when I really needed that, so I’m grateful to have been able to spend some time around Rafa too," she shared.