When asked about the possibilities of Holger Rune, Felix Auger Aliassime, Jannik Sinner and Carlos Alcaraz, the Spanish champion Rafael Nadal tried to make a small report during a very long interview with Marca. Talking about them, rafa also expressed about how the situation linked to Alexander Zverev, Daniil Medvedev and Andrey Rublev, hasn't beenmuch different.
The Spanish legend said: "We'll see if the new recruits do better and if they get better results. If we want or can analyze the situation, I think Carlos Alcaraz will mark an era. I also say with complete and utmost humility that when Zverev, Medvedev and the others arrived, I, Djokovic and Federer were still at a very high level.
We have always fed on successes and for others it has always been more difficult to achieve victories. Obviously the new generation has more opportunities, because Federer has retired, Djokovic and I are playing less and less tournaments.
In summary, the new kids on the circuit are not only incredibly talented but also lucky enough to see victory in a way that the immediately preceding generation could not. And this helps a lot, helps a lot and stimulates you and certainly pushes you to improve more and more." Nadal, to corroborate his thesis, used as an example a champion like David Ferrer, who at the same time had the misfortune to live with with the Fab 4 in the best moment of their career.
Rafa told: "He for example was an incredible player, but he met us over and over again in the semifinals or in the final and ended up winning less than he probably deserved. Ferrer was one of the most consistent and regular players of our generation and yet he has never won a Grand Slam or very important matches." On Alcaraz, fresh from the first Grand Slam of his career and now at the top of the ranking, nadal said: "Usually what makes a player so special is the ability to be strong, nothing more!
When I say that he is special, I mean that he has special characteristics. He hits the ball in an incredible way, he is very fast, he has a great backhand, he has a winning mentality. He has characteristics that make him special as I have already said."