Rafael Nadal is one of the most dominant players in the men’s game. The Spaniard possesses a number of distinguishing characteristics that have propelled him to the peak of the sport, where he has won 20 Grand Slam titles.
Now, another Spaniard, Carlos Alcaraz Garfia, is on the rise.
On the men’s Tour, the adolescent phenom has been making rapid development and is sometimes compared to his compatriot Rafael Nadal.
Guy Forget, the director of the French Open, recently drawn parallels between the Spaniards. He thought the youngster’s ball-striking ability was comparable to Rafael Nadal’s.
“I don’t know if you share my opinion, but every tournament he seems to learn to become stronger, to be punchier.
“He makes me think of all these new players like Rafa, Mats Wilander, Michael Chang. and he’s so young and yet he has so much experience.
“He has so much willingness to win every single point and he’s already very strong,” Guy Forget stated as per reports on ASAP Sports.
Guy Forget talks about Carlos Alcaraz
When Forget saw him play, he was blown away by the way he struck the ball. He was awestruck by his drive and determination. It appeared as if his life was on the line.
“I saw him against Carlos Ferrero, playing the qualifiers and when I watched him, the first thing that struck me was the noise when he hit the ball,” he further added.
“I thought, Oh, my God, it’s very loud and I could see this resilience, pugnacity. He was trying to win every single point. Nobody was watching him.
“It seemed every single point he wanted to win because life depended upon it.”
Carlos is currently moving in the proper direction. After defeating Tsitsipas in the US Open this year, it is safe to assume that the Spaniard has a bright future ahead of him.
In fact, he defeated Berrettini last week in Vienna.
“Now he played Berrettini. He’s breathtaking to watch and he’s gaining huge momentum right now.
“I wouldn’t be surprised to see him very quickly play and beat Tsitsipas, for instance. He seems to be very interested in that kind of category.”
This season, the two Spaniards met in Madrid, where Rafa defeated Alcaraz 6-1, 6-2. It’ll be intriguing to see if Alcaraz can succeed Nadal as the face of Spanish tennis.
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