“Unbelievably Strong”: Andy Murray Compares His Younger Self With Carlos Alcaraz

Published 10/28/2021, 6:53 AM EDT
Oct 10, 2021; Indian Wells, CA, USA; Andy Murray (GBR) hits a shot during his second round match against Carlos Alcaraz (ESP) in the BNP Paribas Open at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports


Former World No. 1 Andy Murray has been making constant progress following his return on Tour. The most notable British tennis player was competing in the Vienna Open 2021. However, he fell short against the challenge put forth by Spanish teenager Carlos Alcaraz. 

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After the match, Andy Murray praised Carlos Alcaraz and complimented him thoroughly. The three-time Grand Slam winner was in awe of the strength the youngster possessed. He went on to say that Carlos is capable of going the distance in the matches played at the Grand Slam events. 

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The 34-year-old spoke on this topic and stated, “He hits the ball really hard. Yeah, he hits the ball really hard from the back of the court, and id probably say like physically, I don’t really like comparing myself to other young players, but if I think back to when I was 18 in comparison to him, from a physical perspective he’s unbelievably strong.”

“It wouldn’t surprise me if he did really well in a Slam and was able to win long matches, like long five-set matches, already.”

Carlos Alcaraz’s strength surprises Andy Murray 

Murray couldn’t stop applauding the teenage sensation, especially on his physicality. As compared to other players who are 18-year-olds, he stands out amongst them. Besides, he can cover the court superbly and he can go on to become a top player in the near future. 

Oct 10, 2021; Indian Wells, CA, USA; Carlos Alcaraz (ESP) reacts after winning a point during in 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

The two-time Olympic Gold medalist added, “A lot of younger players when they are 18, 19 are not physically ready for that. I’d say that’s probably the thing that sort of stands out physically he seems, very, very strong. He’s obviously an excellent mover around the court as well, so that’s a bit positive. Hopefully, he can continue to build on that and improve on that as well.”

Coming on to tennis, Murray beat Hubert Hurkacz in the opening round of the Vienna Open 2021. Sadly, he lost to Carlos in the following match. We hope to see him compete in many more matches to come. 

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On the other end, Carlos has impressed one and all this season. He intends to end the season on a high note. We wish him all the best for the remainder of the season. 

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Rohan Kollare

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Rohan Kollare is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. Rohan has studied Sports Management and has a trophy cabinet adorned with accolades won in district and state-level tennis competitions. He has previously worked in Content Operations for Disney’s Hotstar for over a year, covering Tennis and Formula One.

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