“Never Surrenders”: Australian Open Qualifier on Idolizing Rafael Nadal

Published 01/25/2021, 7:31 AM EST
Rafael Nadal reacts during the Individual Professional Baleares Championship at Golf Maioris on October 26, 2020 in Mallorca, Spain. (Photo by Cristian Trujillo/Quality Sport Images/Getty Images)


17-year-old Carlos Alcaraz recently qualified for the Australian Open 2021. The young Spanish player lost just a single set in the three matches that he played in Dubai. In a recent interview, he revealed that Rafael Nadal is his biggest idol.

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Rafael Nadal has been a source of inspiration to many youngsters. They like to watch him play and love his spirit of never giving up. Alcaraz admitted that it was Nadal’s attitude that he liked the most.

“Rafa is my idol,” began the 17-year-old. “His hunger, his attitude. It doesn’t matter if he plays a first match or a final, his level of concentration is the same.”

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Alcaraz certainly believes that Nadal never takes any match lightly. He also appreciated his level of concentration and said that he really liked his hunger in the games.

“His mentality is an example for anyone, a tennis player or any person,” added Alcaraz.

The young Spaniard also emphasized that not only tennis players but even other people too could learn a lot from Rafa’s mentality.

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“He motivates everyone”- Carlos Alcaraz on Rafael Nadal

Alcaraz also disclosed the best thing about Nadal. He said that Nadal has never surrendered to anyone, and it is a quality that Alcaraz really appreciates. The qualifier also highlighted how Rafa inspires and motivates everyone.

“He motivates everyone because he never surrenders. Everyone wants to be the best, no matter if you’re an athlete, a football player, a doctor, a journalist… everyone has an objective in life,” concluded the World No.145 player.

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Rafael Nadal of Spain celebrates after winning championship point during his Men’s Singles Final against Novak Djokovic of Serbia on day fifteen of the 2020 French Open at Roland Garros on October 11, 2020, in Paris, France. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Alcaraz believes that everyone wants to be the best in their respective field and thus, Rafa’s mindset encourages almost everyone.

The 17-year-old will now look at the upcoming Australian Open 2021. He’ll certainly look forward to continuing his good run at the main tournament and might even face his idol Rafa there. Fans will hope for the youngster to have a bright future ahead.

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Anshul Singh

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Anshul Singh is a tennis author at EssentiallySports, currently pursuing Journalism Honors from Delhi University. Having significant experience with content, Anshul has authored over 500 tennis articles. He has previously worked as a writer and an editor for DU Express, penning riveting articles on sports, politics, and culture.

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