'If I had faced Rafael Nadal, I would have been able to...', says legend

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'If I had faced Rafael Nadal, I would have been able to...', says legend

On October 3, 2022, it will be written in the history of Spanish tennis with golden letters. Carlos Alcaraz and Rafael Nadal are the greatest exponents of world tennis, repeating what Pete Sampras and Andre Agassi already achieved for the United States in 2000.

Alcaraz shared a message with his followers, feeling proud of this achievement and for sharing it with Rafael Nadal. Carlos and Rafa have been the players to beat this year, winning three Major titles and leaving their rivals behind.

It has taken a teenager just a couple of years to transform from rising star to world number 1. Alcaraz started the current season from outside the top-30 and broke into the top-10 four months later, having won a Masters 1000 and two ATP 500 events.

He didn't stop there, Carlos taking down Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Alexander Zverev en route to his second Masters 1000 title in front of the home crowd in Madrid. Alcaraz lost two ATP finals in Hamburg and Umag on clay in July and traveled to New York as one of the title favourites.

Carlos had a chance to become the youngest World No. 1 in ATP history with a deep run at the last Major of the season. Nadal and Medvedev left the door open for Alcaraz and Casper Ruud, and they seized the opportunity with both hands.

Alcaraz and Ruud met in the final of the US Open, fighting for the first Major title and the ATP throne. Carlos prevailed 6-4, 2-6, 7-6 and 6-3 in three hours and 20 minutes to enter history. If he plays well for the remainder of the season, Alcaraz is in a good position to become the youngest No.

1 of the year. Nadal is back inside the top-2 for the first time since May 2021.

Rafa Nadal made history

In a recent event held by Lacoste, former World No. 1 Gustavo Kuerten took part in a press interaction, answering questions about tennis, Roger Federer's career and his rivalry with Rafael Nadal.

"An athlete has a series of experiences and all the experiences he goes through are valid for a lifetime. It is a cycle that ends at the same time that others appear. What I found magnificent is again the brilliance of tennis, to see the importance of the opponent as well," Kuerten said.

Knowing how important Federer was for Nadal to become an even greater tennis player. If I had faced Nadal, I would have been able to improve much more than the challenges I experienced. It is wonderful," he added, as quoted by tenisnews.