Since August 2020, Carlos Alcaraz has moved up around 300 places in the ATP rankings. The 18-year-old challenges some of Nadal’s records, set when he first came to prominence as a teenager in the mid-2000s.
Rafael Nadala tennis legend, has given youngster and compatriot Carlo Alcaraz Advice on how to become one “great champion”, emphasizes the need to remain humble. In a thrilling semi-final in Indian Wells on Saturday, the legendary Nadal beat his compatriot Alcaraz 6-4, 4-6, 6-3. Nadal finds parallels between him and Alcaraz in terms of theirs meteoric rise in sport. The 35-year-old is confident in the young Spaniard will reach the top of tennis.
“It seems like he’s humble enough to work hard and understand that for us tennis players, if we want to become great champions, the only way is to keep improving throughout our careers.” said Nadal after defeating Alcaraz. “I tried that. I really think he does.”
the Variety of the 18-year-old’s gameaccordingly Rafael Nadalis something that stands out. “I think he has all the shots,” Nadal said after extending his unbeaten record to 20-0 this year. “He can play very aggressively. He can play defensively because he’s super fast. He can defend amazing balls. Of course, when he plays aggressively, it’s difficult to stop him because the quality of his ball is very high.”
After that the 21 Grand Slam Champion worked out more about Alcaraz’ future by referring to him as one “amazing champion” and prepared for it “He’ll be great”. “I think he has all the ingredients to be a great champion. I didn’t come into the game more nervous because I played against a youngster. I treated it like I was playing a top 8 player. In terms of level, that was my feeling. I don’t have many doubts that he will be great. He already is, by the way.” concluded Rafael Nadal.
Rafael Nadal meets Taylor Fritz in the Indian Wells 2022 final
Rafael Nadal meets Taylor Fritz in the men’s final in Indian Wells on Monday. If he wins the final, he will play a draw Novak Djokovic most ATP Masters 1000 wins in history, with 37.
Meanwhile, Fritz reached his maiden Masters 1000 final with a 7-5, 6-4 win over seventh-seeded Andrey Rublev and will be looking to become the first American to win the title since Andre Agassi in 2001.
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