WATCH: When Carlos Alcaraz Reveals Rafael Nadal Adulation as He Reaches Fourth Round at US Open 2021

Published 09/06/2021, 3:03 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


It might not be a surprise at this point, but Spain’s rising tennis star Carlos Alcaraz has proved one and all that he will be one of the top players to watch out for in the future. After upsetting the likes of Cameron Norrie and Stefanos Tsitsipas at the ongoing US Open, the Spaniard is all set to face Felix Auger-Aliassime in the pre-quarters.

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Aug 30, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Carlos Alcaraz of Spain in action against Cameron Norrie of Great Britain in a first round match on day one of the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

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A successful campaigner at the challenger level, Alcaraz displayed his mettle on clay by reaching the semi-finals of the ATP 250 level tournament in Marbella, Spain. The European clay-court stint also witnessed the young Spaniard facing his idol Rafael Nadal in the second-round at Madrid Masters.

Despite losing the matchup in straight sets, Alcaraz got praise for his all-round game from Nadal himself. Since then, the youngster has slowly but steadily began to reach heights on the ATP tour.

On the hard courts, Alcaraz managed to reach the semi-finals of Winston-Salem Open, his best-record on the surface. Also, the Spaniard has a tour-level title to his name as he won a clay-court tournament in Croatia post-Wimbledon.

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

Being a fan of Rafael Nadal, Alcaraz believes that his playing style matches Roger Federer as he likes to stay aggressive from the baseline and never hesitates to come to the net.

Young Tennis Sensation Carlos Alcaraz talks about idolizing Rafael Nadal in a throwback video

While registering the biggest victory of his career against Stefanos Tsitsipas in the second round at the US Open, Alcaraz managed to outpower the Greek and even forced numerous errors from him.

In a throwback video, a 13-year old Alcaraz could be seen talking about his aspirations of becoming a top-10 player one day.

I wanna be top 10 in the world, but you got to work for that. My idol is Nadal. I wanna be like him”, said Alcaraz.

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Currently ranked 55th in the world, the rising tennis player will at least make an entry into the top-40 on the men’s singles rooster even if he loses to Felix Auger-Aliassime in the fourth round. This fourth round contest will be an intriguing one to witness as it gives a glimpse of what the future generation has in store for the fans.

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Sagar Ashtakoula

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Sagar Ashtakoula is a tennis writer at EssentiallySports. He has been following the sport since 2007. Having developed an interest in creating content, he mixed his passion for writing with his love for tennis for 2 years at SportsKeeda before joining the tennis team at EssentiallySports.

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