Carlos Alcaraz has become one of the most admired tennis stars in the past few months. Fans have finally begun to rate Carlos’ skills appropriately ever since he won the Miami Open.
His title-winning run did not just stop in Miami, Carlos went on to win the Barcelona Open and Madrid Open. During the Madrid Open, the teenager became one of the first tennis players to defeat both Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal in a clay court competition.
He also went on to defeat Alexander Zverev with ease in the finals in order to clinch the Madrid Open title.
There have obviously been comparisons drawn between Carlos Alcaraz and Rafael Nadal considering that they are both Spaniards.
However, Rafael Nadal has urged the fans to stop comparing Carlos and his performances during his teenage years.
Carlos Alcaraz recently won the Barcelona Open and coincidentally entered the top 10 rankings of the ATP on the exact same dates as Rafael Nadal’s entry into the top 10 when he was 18 years old.
Rafael Nadal urges Carlos Alcaraz to enjoy his personal career
Carlos Alcaraz no doubt has many similarities to Rafael Nadal in his teenage years. Even Rafael Nadal has agreed that Carlos reminds him of his younger self to a particular extent.
But, the 21 times grand slam winner also has asked people to halt the comparisons since he wants Carlos to enjoy his personal career. When reporters asked him a question on this he said,
“The only thing we can do is enjoy the career of an amazing player like Carlos and it will be better, even if it’s interesting, that you stop comparing him to me,”
“If he is able to win 25 Grand Slams, it’s going to be amazing for him and our country and I will be happy for him, but let’s let him enjoy his personal career.”
Carlos has had an excellent season so far in 2022. He has just lost out on three matches and has picked up four titles including Madrid, Barcelona and two in Miami.
A lot of people have compared his current season to Rafael Nadal’s season in 2005. During the 2005 season, Nadal won the Monte Carlo Masters, Rome Open and even the Barcelona Open. Nadal also went on to his first Grand Slam title in the Rolland Garros.