‘Dream I’m Looking For’ – Carlos Alcaraz Hopes to Replicate Rafael Nadal’s 2008 Wimbledon Glory

Published 06/17/2022, 2:56 PM EDT
MADRID, SPAIN – MAY 05: Rafael Nadal of Spain and Carlos Alcaraz of Spain pose for a picture before their second round match during day seven of the Mutua Madrid Open at La Caja Magicaon May 05, 2021 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images)
Tennis is a game of talent and hard work. A live example of the same is Carlos Alcaraz. Since the start of the year, the Spanish sensation has been impressing the world with his over-the-top performance. Motivated to continue the same, the 19-year-old is now heading towards the 2022 Wimbledon Championships.
Being in his top form, Alcaraz is eyeing his maiden Grand Slam title at SW19. However, despite being a top player now, he doesn’t seem to let go of his idol, Rafael Nadal. Ahead of the Championships, Alcaraz hopes to replicate Nadal’s 2008 Wimbledon victory this year.

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Carlos Alcaraz wishes to walk in the shoes of Rafael Nadal

Going back in time, one can recall the 2008 Wimbledon finals between Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer. Often regarded as one of the best matches in the history of the sport, the match featured Nadal defeating Federer in a close to 5-hour long thriller. While the two have played each other 40 times in their career, the 2008 Wimbledon final remains on the top.

Recently, while interacting with media, Alcaraz said, “Everyone remembers the 2008 final between Nadal and Federer, considered one of the best matches in history and it was spectacular.”

Alcaraz recently outplayed Nadal at the 2022 Madrid Open. However, despite outplaying his idol, the young Spaniard didn’t shy away from admitting that he wants to replicate Nadal’s 2008 victory.

“Rafa has won historic matches several times… at Wimbledon, and I say to myself: ‘I wish I could be there playing this type of match,” he added.

Alcaraz on his chances of winning Wimbledon

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Considering his previous performances, Alcaraz was undoubtedly one of the hot favorites at the 2022 French Open. However, failing to withstand the German storm, he suffered a quarterfinal loss to Alexandre Zverev. However, with nothing to lose, the Spaniard is once again back on line, eyeing his maiden Grand Slam title.

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Adding on to walking in Nadal’s shoes, Alcaraz opened up on possibilities of him winning the 2022 Wimbledon. Being in a confident position, the World No. 7 said, “Of course, I see it as possible. In the end, it’s the dream I’m looking for. It’s what I work for every day.”

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Apr 3, 2022; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Carlos Alcaraz (ESP) serves against Casper Ruud (NOR)(not pictured) in the men’s singles final in the Miami Open at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Walking in the footsteps of Nadal, Alcaraz is looking to make a direct entry into the 2022 Wimbledon i.e. without playing any build up grass tournament. Even though the 19-year-old has played just one Wimbledon before, his confidence may act as the key factor for his success.

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Ahmar Wasif

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Ahmar Wasif is a tennis author at EssentiallySports. He is a national level tennis player and has a number of titles to his name. His experience on the court allows him to incorporate a deeper understanding in his coverage of the sport.

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