Carlos Alcaraz is the tennis player of destiny for Spain: the comparison with Rafael Nadal is now on the agenda, even if the young Spanish tennis player has always admitted that such a comparison cannot be made. But how can it not be done by insiders? Alcaraz, born in 2003, will probably never win what Rafa did in the course of his amazing career, but there aren't many other players of his generation who, so early, are carving out an important place in the ATP Tour.
Alcaraz, with the Italians Jannik Sinner and Lorenzio Musetti represent the real next generation, young people born after 2000 who can take over from Roger Federer, Nadal himself and Novak Djokovic. Skipping all the various generations in between.
Alcaras has talent and personality: it will be necessary to understand if he will also have the charisma, professionalism and above all two characteristics that have made Nadal one of the greatest ever: dedication and mental strength.
But it is true that, when Alcaraz and others of his generation reach the right technical, physical and mental maturity, the Big 3 will probably have said goodbye to tennis played, and therefore will have a much better chance of achieving great successes, than it is.
success to the generations of Kei Nishikori and Grigor Dimitrov, and to the more recent ones of Dominic Thiem, Alexander Zverev, Stefanos Tistispas and Daniil Medvedev Thanks to his success this week in the Open de Oeiras III in Portugal, his fourth Challenger triumph in his career, 18-years-old Carlos Alcaraz will enter the world top 100 for the first time.
In Portugal, the Spanish player overtook Yasutaka Uchiyama, Brandon Nakashima, Gastao Elias, Taro Daniel and Argentine Facundo Bagnis in the final, losing two sets throughout the tournament. In the press conference after the victory, Carlos said: "I am very happy to have become the champion.
This is the most important title of my career. I played at a very good level all week and it was what I needed to win a tournament of this level. Competing here is an excellent preparation for Roland Garros and this victory will give me a lot of confidence for the qualifying phase.
I felt very comfortable on the pitch. I played two games at an excellent level. But today I managed the final phase of the match better, my wrist didn't shake that much. I tried to push him back and be patient, without giving him great opportunities to attack.
Alcaraz also talked about his new position in the ATP ranking: "I will always remember this moment and I will carry Portugal in my heart. This club, its location. Getting into the top 100 for the first time is beautiful, it's special and I will always remember it.
I would like to come back in the future. It is very special to be among the top 100 players in the world, but I have to consider this situation as the most natural in the world. Roland Garros is approaching and this is the goal.
It's a great joy, but I'm focused. I want to pass the qualifications without problems and improve. I need to gain experience in these types of tournaments and play the best of five sets. Getting into the top 100 after the pandemic, with the ranking frozen, is not easy, but I am a guy who likes difficulties and I have overcome them.
There is no time to celebrate. Now I'm going to Paris." Finally, Alcaraz spoke about his coach, former world number one Juan Carlos Ferrero: "Juan Carlos and I have a very close relationship and I am happy to have a fundamental pillar when I need it. When problems arise, he is always here to help and advise me."