Coach Juan Carlos Ferrero told Carlos Alcaraz many great things about the Davis Cup and the 18-year-old Spaniard can't wait to make his Davis Cup debut. Alcaraz, who is enjoying a career-high ranking of No. 32 in the world, is set to make his Davis Cup debut at the Davis Cup Finals in Madrid.
Ferrero won three Davis Cup titles with Spain during his career. "He told me anecdotes about the Davis Cup, that's another reason I was excited to play it. He repeatedly told me to have fun, not to think of anything else.
It will be difficult to play because while the audience is on your side and cheering for you, your nerves may be playing tricks on you. He told me to stay calm, without pressure, to try to take advantage," Alcaraz said of Ferrero's message, per We Love Tennis.
Alcaraz compared to Rafael Nadal
Alcaraz is one of the most exciting prospects in a long time and some believe he could be the next Nadal. "He absorbs it very well, without added pressure. Since everyone has started saying that he is the new player who could go right to the top, he has tried to stay in a small bubble.
Above all, to try and stay on his own path. Carrying the burden of comparisons with a player like Rafa [Nadal] is difficult for such a young boy," Ferrero recently told the ATP website. "He is very mentally strong but he still has a lot to learn – we saw it last week [he was in tears against Hugo Gaston in the last 16 of the Rolex Paris Masters].
There are things that he is unable to control. The fact that they compare him with Rafa is difficult but we have always handled it well. Him best of all. He wants to do things his own way and so far, he really is coping very well. We haven't noticed more or less pressure because of this."