On the sidelines of a short vacation in Tenerife, where he is currently recovering from the tear in his abdominals which had deprived him of the Masters and forced him to retire at Bercy, Carlos Alcaraz notably mentioned his rivalry with Rafael Nadal, recalling that he does not serve nothing to compare the two men.
The season that has just ended will be a milestone in the history of Spanish tennis. For the first time, two representatives of Spain have indeed finished the year in the first two places of the ATP ranking. Admittedly, the best ranked of the two is not necessarily the one we might have thought of at the start of the year. Carlos Alcaraz, at 19, has in fact also decided to write a chapter in his sport by becoming not only the youngest world number 1 in history the day after his coronation at the US Open (his first title in Grand Slam) but also the youngest world number 1 to finish first at the end of the season, ahead of his illustrious compatriot Rafael Nadal. Nevertheless, Alcaraz refuses to be compared with Nadal. More exactly, he believes that it is pointless to compare the two champions, in particular because of the monstrous career of the second. “There is no point in comparing. It doesn’t matter if I now have the title of number one, Rafa’s whole career counts a lot, ”recalled the little prodigy once again, questioned in the columns of the Mundo Deportivo as he is currently recuperating at the Tenerife side – “The ideal place to prepare for the Australian Open, because the climate is very similar there” – from his abdominal tear which initially forced him to forfeit at Bercy in the decisive game of the second set of his quarter-final against the future winner Holger Rune then pushed him to give up the Masters, when he should have participated in the meeting for the first time in his young career . Next deadline for “Carlitos”: the Australian Open (January 16 to 29).
Alcaraz: “There will be a lot of pressure on me”
From Tenerife, not chosen by chance, you will have understood it, the native of El Palmar has indeed assured that if he was not yet fully recovered, there was no reason to think that he could not not normally defend his chances in Melbourne. “Things are improving little by little”, assured the one who had stumbled on the Italian Matteo Berrettini (defeat in the super tie-break) from the 16th finals last year in Australia. On the other hand, the protege of Juan Carlos Ferrero knows that he will now be expected at the turn wherever he goes. “The season is going to be difficult because I am now the favorite and there will be a lot of pressure on me. She will be even more difficult if, as many specialists believe, the efforts involved in her ultra-powerful game call for inevitable regular injuries.