Carlos Alcaraz also had a dream week at the Masters 1000 in Madrid. The young Spanish talent became the first tennis player to beat Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal on clay and the youngest ever winner in Madrid. There are already two Masters 1000 titles and ATP 500 tournaments collected in career by Alcaraz, who conquered the sixth position of the ATP ranking and sent a clear message to the ATP Tour.
The 19-year-old from Murcia will not compete in the Italian Open to recover 100% from a physical point of view: his goal is to present himself at the Roland Garros in the best possible conditions. Toni Nadal, Rafael's uncle and former coach, expressed his thoughts on Alcaraz in an editorial published in the newspaper El Pais.
Toni Nadal praises Carlos Alcaraz
Toni wrote: "Physically he is a marvel, his determination is enviable and technically he has no shortcomings. If a few months ago we talked about the power and speed of his forehand, today we have to mention his dizzying improvement in the backhand, in the serve and in the flying shots.
For years I have worried about the void my grandson would likely leave in our sport when he retired. Now I am convinced that this gap will be completely filled." The young players of Next Gen do not seem to be able to hold a candle to Alcaraz.
The Spaniard has in fact shown to possess an extraordinary maturity and not to tremble. in important moments of matches. Toni said: "Today I don't see any player of the so-called Next Gen who can overshadow him. One lacks mentality, another has problems with pushing, some with backhand, others with tournaments on clay and almost all with continuity and determination.
No matter how good tennis players are, and some are, I think none of them have the full characteristics that Alcaraz combines." Rafael Nadal comes back just in Rome: him and Alcaraz will be both at the Roland Garros.