Rafael Nadal made the Madrid Open debut in 2003 at 17, dropping to Alex Corretja within the opening spherical. The rising Spanish star Carlos Alcaraz was solely five-month-old at that second, and now he may have an opportunity to satisfy Rafa within the Madrid Open second spherical, 18 years later!
Carlos has been among the many children to look at since 2019, main his 2003 technology in direction of many notable age data and making a reputation for himself within the season behind us. Ranked exterior the top-300, Carlos was the participant to beat on the Challenger Tour following the season’s restart in August, successful three titles and transferring nearer to a spot within the top-100.
Carlos Alcaraz will meet his idol Rafael Nadal within the Madrid Open second spherical.
Originally of 2021, Carlos certified for the Australian Open and earned one victory in Melbourne to change into the youngest winner of a Main match since Thanasi Kokkinakis seven years earlier.
After the semi-final run in Marbella, Carlos scored his first Masters 1000 victory in Madrid, beating Adrian Mannarino 6-4, 6-Zero in 71 minutes to set the conflict towards his idol Rafael Nadal on his 18th birthday. Talking about Rafa, Carlos mentioned that it is a dream come true for him, watching the 20-time Main champion taking part in many instances earlier than and feeling thrilled about sharing the courtroom with him.
“It is wonderful to attain a win in entrance of the house crowd in Madrid. Since I used to be a child, I’ve been coming to this occasion, and I actually wished to compete right here in Madrid. I am thrilled. I’ve watched lots of Rafael Nadal’s matches.
I at all times wished to play towards him and study from these encounters. It is a dream come true. I’ll give my greatest towards Rafa, and let’s have a look at what’s going to occur. I’ve many mates on the Tour; I am at all times attempting to say good day and be sort to everybody.
Jannik Sinner and Lorenzo Musetti are glorious gamers. I do know Musetti effectively, and I’ve watched Sinner too; I want all of them the most effective. I am attempting to enhance my recreation in each event I play. I am utilizing each match to develop and achieve expertise.
I am conserving the nice issues and attempting to enhance people who did not work effectively. My objective is to complete the season contained in the top-50,” says Carlos Alcaraz.