Final Up to date on 28 Mar 2022 12:19 am (UK Time)
Rafa Nadal established himself because the face of Spanish tennis after bursting onto the ATP Tour and successful his first Grand Slam title in 2005. He now holds 21 Grand Slam titles, probably the most received by any male tour participant.
With Rafa quickly approaching his 36th birthday, many tennis followers all over the world could also be questioning who would be the subsequent Spaniard to proceed his Grand Slam domination upon his retirement (though that appears unlikely any time quickly).
However, given Alcaraz’s large success in solely two years on the skilled tour, it seems that Spanish tennis is in secure palms.
The ‘Subsequent Rafael Nadal‘
When Carlos Alcaraz made his ATP Tour debut in 2020 on the age of 16, he was comparatively unknown on the planet of tennis. Quick ahead two years later and the Spanish teen has been nicknamed the ‘subsequent Rafael Nadal’, selecting up two profession titles and reaching a rank of #19 on the planet.
When Alcaraz began to change into a well-recognized title in tennis, many followers have been fast to level out a placing similarity between him and Nadal and it wasn’t the truth that they share the identical nationality. The similarity is their enjoying type. The 2 Spaniards play an identical type of attacking tennis and even have similar “explosive forehands”, in line with Mats Wilander.
On Saturday 19th March, Alcaraz and Nadal confronted off in a three-set thriller within the semi-final of the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells. Nadal received 6-4, 4-6, 6-Three and superior to play Taylor Fritz within the ultimate. Regardless of his loss, Carlos proved that he’s comfy enjoying in opposition to the heavyweights on the boys’s tour. In truth, within the final 2 months alone Alcaraz has defeated Diego Schwartzman, Fabio Fognini and Matteo Berrettini.
Earlier than his semi-final match at Indian Wells, Rafa had nothing however reward for younger Alcaraz, stating that he “jogs my memory a variety of issues after I was 18 years previous”. Rafa went on to say that Carlos has all the correct individuals round him and when it comes to his profession, he’s “unstoppable”. With two ATP Tour titles already beneath his belt and a piece ethic resembling that of his idol Rafa, we could possibly be seeing much more of Alcaraz
Carlos is at the moment enjoying within the Miami Open Masters 1000 occasion the place he has made it to the spherical of 32. He’ll face Marin Cilic for a spot within the ultimate 16.