Carlos Alcaraz Details the Influence of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic on Him

Published 07/28/2021, 2:21 PM EDT
Tennis – ATP Masters 1000 – Madrid Open – Caja Magica, Madrid, Spain – May 5, 2021 Spain’s Rafael Nadal and Spain’s Carlos Alcaraz Garfia after their round of 32 match REUTERS/Sergio Perez


Carlos Alcaraz has won the Croatian Open in Umag and has become the youngest to win an ATP title since 2008. He has emulated Kei Nishikori’s successful run from 2008 at the Delray Beach Open when he was 18-years old. Unsurprisingly, the young Spaniard has drawn inspiration from Rafael Nadal, his countryman.

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The Spanish wonder boy beat Richard Gasquet of France in straight sets. He broke no sweat in getting past the French veteran, beating him 6-2, 6-2.

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Carlos Alcaraz Garcia wants to go on dinner with Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal

The young boy won his first ATP title in his maiden ATP final appearance. In a fun post-match interview, he was asked about the three celebrity guests he would go to dinner with. The Spaniard spoke highly of his three choices, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic.

I don’t know. Let’s say Rafa, Federer and Djokovic,” said Carlos on his dinner question. “I grew up watching them winning tournaments, winning Grand Slams and I think they’re three of the best in history. For me, it’s amazing to play against them on the same circuit. I’m a lucky guy to learn from them,” a young Carlos described his inspiration drawn from and admiration for The Big 3.

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What’s next for Carlos?

The youngster won the Croatia Open on Sunday and went straight to Austria from Umag. He had his Austrian Open’s first-round match in Kitzbuhel. However, the youngster could not repeat his heroics in Austria and crashed out in the first round itself against Alexander Erler.

On the other hand, Carlos has moved up to a new career-high ranking of  55 on the ATP rankings. He has moved up 18 places from his previous ranking of 73rd place. The man dreams about becoming the World No.1, as he has previously mentioned in his interviews.

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The future looks bright for Spain, especially after Rafael Nadal retires. Carlos already became the youngest player since 1992 to reach the third round at the 2021 French Open.

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Suchit Halder

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Suchit Halder is a Tennis writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing a Bachelor's degree in Management Studies from St Xavier's College, Mumbai. With a keen interest in writing and sports, Suchit has previously worked as a content writer at Football Counter and worked with the content team for Delhi Capitals during IPL 2021.

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