Carlos Alcaraz has smoothly surpassed the level of ATP players competing in his age bracket and established his stronghold in the circuit. His exceptional talent and zealous attitude have helped him maintain his composure in the circuit. This has further assisted him in enabling his status as a formidable opponent.
The Spaniard has certainly brought heaps amount of fame to his hometown. He gloriously paved the way for himself in the ATP Tour and laid hands on the 2022 US Open title. Furthermore, his victory at the Flushing Meadows championship made him the youngest player ever to win a Grand Slam.
Alcaraz’s tactics, gameplay, and underdog mentality have been frequently compared to his hometown tennis player Rafael Nadal. The popularly acclaimed ‘King of Clay’ is a prominent figure in tennis and a part of the GOAT debate trio. Despite their similarities, Alcaraz has cited his fondness and allegiance for yet another celebrated tennis personality.
Carlos Alcaraz hails from the same town as former world No.1 Rafael Nadal. The duo shares aggressiveness while competing and an unbreachable mentality. However, the Spaniard prodigy’s favorite tennis player pick is Roger Federer. The ‘Swiss Maestro’ who is known for class-apart performances and elegant personalities, has certainly had an impact on him.
In an interview with Vogue, Alcaraz expressed his viewpoint on both Nadal and Federer, declaring the latter as his idol. “Rafa is someone I’ve always watched. I admire him a lot. But Federer, the class he had, the way he got people to see tennis: That was beautiful. Watching Federer is like looking at a work of art. It’s elegance, he did everything magnificently. I became enchanted by him.”
Carlos Alcaraz’s role model choice has unquestionably done him justice. The Spaniard is surfing through the 2023 season and is currently in line for a celebration.
Carlos Alcaraz has striking resemblances with Rafael Nadal
Carlos Alcaraz has been frequently drawn up as the new Rafael Nadal. And these claims have a solid backing to themselves as well. The duo characterizes the fondness and domination of clay court surfaces and has a knack for turning things around when the odds are stacked against their favor.
Furthermore, Alcaraz became the first player since Nadal to represent their home country Spain in Davis Cup after nearly 18 years. The young champion did not stop there.
FINAL en Madrid y… cumpleaños! 😇 Gracias por la tarta! 🍰 Nos vemos el domingo! 🤩 @MutuaMadridOpen pic.twitter.com/643J7nZFtZ
— Carlos Alcaraz (@carlosalcaraz) May 5, 2023
In 2021, he became the youngest match-winner at his hometown ATP 1000 Masters event, Madrid Open. After gaining access to the tournament via a wildcard entry, Alcaraz broke Nadal’s record by becoming the youngest match-winning player in the history of the prestigious event. Ironically, he succumbed to the Mallorcan legend, Nadal, in the event’s second round.