Carlos Alcaraz is often compared to his most famous countryman Rafael Nadal for his attitude on the court and for the determination that distinguishes each of his rallies and his shout. In general for his performances on the court.
In an exclusive interview with Italian newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport, the 18-year-old from Murcia talked about the comparison with the 20-times-champion-Grand Slam, revealing his opinion. He said: "It's a comparison that makes me happy and proud.
I just don't want to be overwhelmed by the pressure, I continue straight on my path which is still long and full of work to do." Alcaraz has the opportunity to train every day with one of the strongest Spanish tennis players in history.
This is Juan Carlos Ferrero, former world number one, who has been following Carlos for several years. "He and I have a wonderful relationship, he taught me and teaches me a lot both on and off the court. Commitment and determination are his watchwords, but now he is also a good friend to talk to about everything."
Carlos and Rafa
During the last edition of the Australian Open, Nadal spoke directly about Alcaraz. The 20-times-Slam-champion believes that the current number 32 of the ATP ranking can become a true champion. "At that age he has everything to improve.
He is already well advanced and has a lot of good things in his game. I really think he will have a great future because he is a good guy, humble, hard worker; he has a lot of positive qualities. He puts in the right intensity, has the right mentality and also has the shots.
He has all the ingredients to become a great champion." On May 31, after dominating his opponents in the qualifying tournament, Carlos Alcaraz took his first win at the Roland Garros. The young Spanish talent defeated his compatriot Bernabe Zapata Miralles in four hard-fought sets by playing a fantastic game and showing many of his strengths.
Alcaraz's first joy on earth in Paris came at the age of 18 years and 26 days; statistics that allowed him to do better than his idol Rafael Nadal. The Majorcan won his first match in Paris at 18 years and 11 months. It should be noted, however, that Nadal was unable to play the tournament due to injury in 2003 and 2004.