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‘He Is Federer, Nadal, and Djokovic Wrapped in One’- Venus and Serena Williams’ Junior Coach Rick Macci Believes Carlos Alcaraz Is Born to Become a Tennis Legend

Published 04/26/2022, 6:40 AM EDT

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Carlos Alcaraz, the 18-year-old Spanish tennis professional, has taken the world by storm. He turned professional in 2018 and since then, has been making the headlines for his racquet skills.

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Alcaraz made his ATP main draw debut at the age of 16 and was already inside the top-100 of ATP singles ranking by the time he turned 18. Within the span of one year, the Spaniard has risen to the top-10 and is looking unstoppable. Recently, Alcaraz became the youngest player to win the title at the Miami Open in 37 years of its history.


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Recently, his splendid work caught the world-renowned coach Rick Macci’s attention. The legendary coach made a statement that in turn will make a lot more people follow Carlos’ game with increased interest and excitement.

Rick Macci Believes in Carlos Alcaraz

Macci addressed the same in a recent podcast and said,Yeah, I was the flavor of the month in Spain after that quote. Listen, I was actually at the Miami Open and I went down there for the Semis and finals and I did get to see Casper play Alcaraz. I call him Alcatraz because he puts everybody in prison.”

Macci continued, “But I have seen him play before all the nuances. He brings the athleticism. His hip turns faster. People don’t see, I have seen. He has a drop shot from outer space. It’s just sick. He’s a showman he loves crowd and is steady, cut from the same cloth as Nadal. He is Federer, Nadal, and Djokovic wrapped in one. He was born to do this. We are seeing something so special I can’t even tell you.”


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Rafael Nadal Sends a Message to Carlos Alcaraz After His Victory Over Pablo Carreno Busta at Barcelona Open 2022

Alcaraz Against Stefanos Tsitsipas


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In the recent clash at the quarterfinals of Barcelona Open, Tsitsipas got on Alcaraz’s nerves. He took a long break to change his shirt after going 3-0 down in the decider. Although he received point penalties, it didn’t quench Alcaraz’s anger. The Spaniard defeated him,6-4, 5-7, 6-2 and shared his opinion at the post match conference.

Carlos summed up Stefanos’ actions by calling them mere tactics which were put forth to break his rhythm.

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Carlos Alcaraz has faced Stefanos Tsitsipas three times in the four years of his professional tennis career – twice in America and once in Spain, and came out victorious in all three encounters. The 18-year-old prodigy has defeated the world no.5 on both hard courts and clay. Further, with a clay-based Grand Slam ahead, it would be fun to see if Stefanos could bank his first victory against this young blood.


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Mahima Verma


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Mahima Verma is a Tennis writer for EssentiallySports. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Hotel Management from IHM Mumbai. A sports enthusiast, particularly Tennis since her childhood, Mahima believes that she is fortunate enough to witness the legends like Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, and Serena Williams play.
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