On his eighteenth birthday, at the Mutua Madrid Open 2021, Carlos Alcaraz had the honor and the burden of facing his greatest idol for the first time in his career: Rafael Nadal. The most exciting game of his life turned out to be even more complicated than expected due to the slight abdominal injury suffered during a magnificent exchange won with the muscles by Nadal.
The young Spanish talent started with courage and immediately had the chance to break the 20-time Grand Slam champion, but the forehand sent under the net he reduced his expectations. The Mallorcan conceded the crumbs to the player born in 2003, who only won the sixth game, and brought the first set to his side.
In the second set, things didn't change and Nadal never lost his fighting spirit despite the clear advantage. Unlike the first portion of the game, Alcaraz took away the satisfaction of snatching the serve from world number two in the fourth game by finding the lines with the forehand.
However, Alcaraz left the field to applause; that field that in the future can give him great satisfaction. Final score 6-1 6-2 for Rafa.