'I don't listen those who call me the next Rafael Nadal,' said Carlos Alcaraz
Carlos qualified for the Australian Open and became the youngest winner of a Major match since Thanasi Kokkinakis in 2014. Before the tournament, Carlos trained with his idol Rafael Nadal, learning a lot from the 20-time Major winner and calling it a memorable experience that he will never forget.
"I made a great start of the season, playing well in Australia to gain confidence. I lost three consecutive ATP matches in Montpellier, Acapulco and Miami, but I learned a lot from those and gathered experience. I'm hoping for a better run in Marbella, as I know what to do to score victories. You can't expect easy rivals in the opening round at the events like Acapulco and Miami; that's why I tried to learn a lot from those matches against Alexander Zverev and Emil Ruusuvuori.
I still want to finish the season in the top-50. I'm making solid improvements, and that's why the organizers gave me those wild cards. I would love to make a debut at Roland Garros, but I also want to perform well in the upcoming ATP tournaments; I'm excited about them. I like to train with any rival, but it makes it a special feeling if your idol is on the other side of the net. In my case, it was Rafael Nadal, and it was an unforgettable and unique experience that I will never forget. I would also love to train with Novak Djokovic in the future.
After our Acapulco match, Alexander Zverev said that we should play many times in the future. Those words from a top player are a great compliment and a motive to work even harder. I don't pay attention to those who have high expectations of me, calling me the next Rafael Nadal. I try to keep myself out of those comments, focusing on my game and my team. I will have to raise my level and improve my strokes to have a chance on the ATP Tour this season, facing much more experienced rivals," Carlos Alcaraz said.