“Has All the Ingredients”: Rafael Nadal, Pablo Carreno Busta, and Garbine Muguruza Leaps Huge Praise For Carlos Alcaraz After His US Open 2021 Run

Published 09/07/2021, 9:41 AM 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


18-year-old rising star, Carlos Alcaraz Garfia earned a huge name after defeating World No.3 Stefanos Tsitsipas in the third round of the US Open 2021. He recently won his round of 16 match match and is now in the quarters of the Grand Slam. Even though both his matches went to five sets, he performed brilliantly under pressure.

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In a recent video posted by the Australian Open’s official Twitter handle, one can see many big players lauding Carlos Alcaraz. In the beginning, Spanish player Pablo Carreno Busta highlighted that even though he is a great player, it’s too early to call him the next Rafael Nadal.

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“He is very young… Everybody wants another Nadal. But, you know, Rafa is Rafa. It’s so difficult to be like him,” said Busta in the video.

Even Nadal himself has praised Alcaraz in the past. He believes that the youngster has all the skills to be an incredible player one day.

“Well he has it. He has intensity. He has a passion and he has all the ingredients to become a great champion,” mentioned Nadal.

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Garbine Muguruza believes Carlos Alcaraz has huge potential but still has a long way to go

2-time Grand Slam champion Garbine Muguruza explained that even though Alcaraz is a promising player, he will have to prove himself again and again. She clearly tried to say that in order to earn a big name, he will have to perform well consistently.

Sep 3, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Carlos Alcaraz of Spain reacts after beating Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece (not pictured) on day five of the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

“So I feel like, when you start playing well, and you’re young and you’re like a promising player or something, people like to, you know, talk a lot and then, ‘oh, she’s going to do this’, ‘oh, he’s going to do that’ and I feel like maybe. But the racquet will talk,” stated Muguruza in the video.

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Carlos Alcaraz will face Canada’s Felix Auger-Aliassime in the quarters of the US Open 2021. Fans have huge expectations from him and want him to keep playing with the same form and momentum. Will he be able to win his maiden Grand Slam title in New York this year?

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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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