Carlos Alcaraz: 'I played points and sets with...'

‘I played points and sets with…’

Rafael Nadal and Carlos Alcaraz are among the top four in the ranking for the first time. It took the young Spaniard just a few years to become one of the best players in the world. Carlos has won two Masters 1000 titles this year and finished second in the ATP race behind Rafa.

Nadal and Alcaraz met for the first time in the second round of the 2021 Madrid Masters, battling in front of a home crowd on Carlos’ 18th birthday! Alcaraz stole Rafa’s record for youngest player to win in Madrid.

Still, the 20-time Major winner didn’t indulge in any more gifts during the game. Nadal won 6-1, 6-2 in an hour and 17 minutes to advance to the third round. After the match, Nadal and Feliciano López delivered the birthday cake to the young tennis player, who was looking forward to playing his idol for the first time.

Rafa wished him a happy birthday and encouraged him to try harder in the years to come. Nadal lost serve once and converted 60% of return points into five breaks that allowed him to progress. Carlos suffered an injury in the early stages and was unable to win more games despite solid efforts.

Under Juan Carlos Ferrero, Alcaraz made giant strides towards the top at such a young age, played well and conquered Umag in July as the youngest Tour winner since 2008. “It was incredible to spend my birthday playing in front of Rafael Nadal, a home crowd, here in Madrid.

It would have been better if I could have won, but I still enjoyed it.”

Carlos Alcaraz is aiming for the US Open

Carlos Alcaraz, who is the fourth-biggest player in the world after a stunning first part of the season (only six losses for six finals played and four titles won), is therefore number two in a Masters 1000 for the first time in his career thanks to combined absences Rafael Nadal and Alexander Zverev.

A new status that he finds a little hard to digest. “I grew up so quickly. I still can’t believe I’m seeded number two in a Masters 1000, it’s amazing and I wasn’t expecting it at the beginning of the year. And honestly, I still can’t believe it right now.

It’s something I wanted at the beginning of the year but I didn’t think it was possible yet,” said Carlos, before speaking about his hard training of the tournament to get used to those pitches. I played points and sets with the best players here.”

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