Nadal helped inspire Alcaraz to Wimbledon title win, messages also from F1 ace Fernando Alonso, Will Smith and NBA star Jimmy Butler among others

Tuesday, 18 July 2023 at 17:30
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Wimbledon’s newly-crowned champion Carlos Alcaraz has revealed that a number of superstars including former world number one Rafael Nadal congratulated him on his recent success.
The 20-year-old clinched the third Grand Slam of the year in London after beating the current world number two Serbia’s Novak Djokovic in a five-set thriller with a score of 1–6, 7–6(8–6), 6–1, 3–6, 6–4.
While talking after the match, the current world number one stated that a host of stars congratulated him, including the likes of NBA star Jimmy Butler and Will Smith.
He also stated that out of the congratulatory messages, it was the message of the 22-time Grand Slam winner Nadal which excited him the most.
"Rafa's, whenever he congratulates you, Rafa makes you especially excited because in the end he is your idol,” he said. “I was also congratulated by Fernando Alonso, who is someone I admire. Will Smith surprised me that he congratulated me. My friend Jimmy Butler... There have been a lot of messages that have made me excited.
"I don't want to leave anyone because there have been many sports legends, artists... I saw that Sebastian Yatra dedicated a song to me and said 'this is for you'. That all these people congratulate you is exciting."
The victory in London was indeed a special one because, before this year, Alcaraz never played in the quarterfinal or beyond in the competition. Last year was his best outing where he was knocked out from the fourth round.
On the other hand, the defeat ended Djokovic’s hope — for at least 12 months — of equaling Roger Federer’s record of eight Wimbledon titles.
As of now, the 23-time Grand Slam winner is the joint second-most successful player in the history of the competition with seven titles to his name along with America’s Pete Sampras.

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