VIDEO: A Confident 12-Year-Old Carlos Alcaraz Reveals His Idol and It’s Not Rafael Nadal

Published 05/10/2022, 5:41 AM EDT
Sep 3, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Carlos Alcaraz of Spain celebrates after recording match point against Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece in a third round match on day five of the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

Carlos Alcaraz Garfia had proved his capability by winning the Miami Open. Further, his winning performance at Madrid Open took the world by storm. Carlos has reiterated time and again that Rafael Nadal is his idol, but an old interview of his from when he was 12 years old says a different story.


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Carlos has looked up to his idol, Rafael Nadal, and received his praise and faith in return. The player has also received compliments from World No. 1 Novak Djokovic as well. An interviewer asked Carlos about his favorite idol. An adorable 12-year-old Carlos replied, “Roger Federer.” 

Further, when asked about the grand slam titles he would like to win, he replied, “Roland Garros and Wimbledon.” 


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The player has the technique of both Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer, so it justifies his admiration.

Winning streak of Carlos Alcaraz

Alcaraz’s victory at the Madrid Open was a big feat. It was not only because of the title but also because he had defeated Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic to clinch that title. He has also become the youngest player to win the Madrid Open.

Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia – January 21, 2022 Spain’s Carlos Alcaraz reacts during his third round match against Italy’s Matteo Berrettini REUTERS/Morgan Sette

He also won Miami Open this year. The player has kept his winning streak alive and, we are excited to see his growth.

What is in the store for the Spanish player?


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Carlos has received praises from all over the place because of his astounding growth. The Spanish player is on the rising streak, and we are yet to see the wonders from him. 

Tennis – ATP Masters 1000 – Madrid Open – Caja Magica, Madrid, Spain – May 5, 2021 Spain’s Carlos Alcaraz Garfia in action during his round of 32 match against Spain’s Rafael Nadal REUTERS/Sergio Perez

He is currently taking a break and has withdrawn his name from the Italian Open due to some prevailing injuries. Carlos wants to take a break and come back stronger for the French Open.


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Shivali Sharma

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Shivali Sharma is a tennis author at EssentiallySports. She has pursued her Master's in history from Himachal University, but her love for the game has driven her to write about tennis. Shivali is a huge fan of Naomi Osaka and admires Osaka not only for her on-court performances, but also for her off-court actions.