Carlos Alcaraz emulates one of idol Rafael Nadal's impressive feats

Alcaraz emulated one of Nadal's feats by beating Andrey Rublev in Turin.

by Dzevad Mesic
Carlos Alcaraz emulates one of idol Rafael Nadal's impressive feats
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Carlos Alcaraz has emulated one of Rafael Nadal's impressive feats as the 20-year-old Spaniard is the third Under-21 player since 2000 to collect 10 wins against top-10 players in a calendar year after his idol Nadal and Australian tennis legend Lleyton Hewitt, via OptaAce.

On Wednesday, Alcaraz defeated world No 5 Andrey Rublev 7-5 6-2 at the ATP Finals. For Alcaraz, it was his 10th win against a top-10 player in 2023. Previously, Hewitt accomplished that feat in 2000 and 2001, while Nadal achieved the record in 2006.

By achieving that, Alcaraz - who idolized and looked up to Nadal growing up - emulated one of his idol's impressive feats late in the 2023 season.

Alcaraz emulates one of Nadal's impressive feats

After suffering a three-set loss to Alexander Zverev in his ATP Finals opener, Alcaraz did a much better job against Rublev, in a match which was a must-win situation for the Spaniard. "It was a totally different match and level from me.

This is the level I have to play if I want to give myself a chance in this amazing tournament. Yesterday was a good day for me in practise to find the level I needed to show today and I think I did pretty well. I am very happy with my level;" Alcaraz said after beating Rublev.

In his last group stage match at the ATP Finals, Alcaraz plays against world No 3 Daniil Medvedev. Medvedev, who defeated Alcaraz in the US Open semifinal, has a 2-0 record and he has already sealed a semifinal ticket. “We’re going to try and use the US Open match as an example.

I was mentally in the wrong place for a long time. That cannot happen against him. I will have to approach it differently. I know how he will play, so we’ll look at my strategy before the match," Alcaraz said.

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