‘No Reaction’ – Rafael Nadal Opens Up on Carlos Alcaraz Winning Madrid Open

Published 05/11/2022, 5:30 AM EDT
Mar 19, 2022; Indian Wells, CA, USA; Rafael Nadal (ESP) gripping shakes hands Carlos Alcaraz (ESP) after their semifinal match at the BNP Paribas Open at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Carlos Alcaraz is not only winning the tournaments this year but also winning hearts with his audacious displays on the tennis court. Last week, the Spaniard won his fourth title of the season. The 19-year-old defeated Alexander Zverev in the summit clash to lift the Madrid Open title in his home country. It was a dominating display by Alcaraz, breezing past the German in just over an hour in straight sets 6-3, 6-1.

Earlier in the tournament, Alcaraz achieved a rear feat, defeating Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic in the same tournament. Recently, Nadal opened up about Alcaraz’s title-winning run in Madrid.

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The 21-times Grand Slam champion is participating at the Italian Open. During an interview, he talked about his reaction to Alcaraz’s title run in Madrid. He said, “No reaction. Nothing new in my opinion, no? He already won in Miami, won in Barcelona. Honestly, is not a big surprise. Happy for him.”

Oct 10, 2021; Indian Wells, CA, USA; Carlos Alcaraz (ESP) reacts after winning a point during his second round match against Andy Murray (GBR) in the BNP Paribas Open at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Further, he added, “Everybody knows the amount of confidence he has right now, the level that he can reach. So, yeah, happy for him. Happy because we have an amazing player in our country for a lot of years to come. It’s always special to win at home. Have been probably very special week for him.”

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After the Madrid Open success, Alcaraz withdrew from the ongoing Italian Open owing to a minor right ankle injury. However, he hopes to get back fit in time for Roland Garros later this month. Meanwhile, Nadal will open his campaign in Rome against John Isner today.

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Roger Federer wants Alcaraz at the Laver Cup

The Swiss maestro, whose management company organizes the Laver Cup, wants the Spaniard to join Nadal and him for the tournament in September. His performances are certainly not going unnoticed and have received a special mention for Federer. The Laver Cup will be held at the O2 Arena in London from September 23 to 25, 2022.

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Vatsal Shah

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Vatsal Shah is a tennis author at EssentiallySports. With a Bachelor's degree in engineering, he is a die hard fan of tennis and sports in general. He is an ardent follower of Rafael Nadal and is inspired by his never-say-die attitude.

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