Top coach discusses Rafael Nadal’s lasting impact on...

Top coach opens up on Rafael Nadal’s lasting impact on…

The week dedicated to the Davis Cup has only just begun, but everyone still has their eyes on Carlos Alcaraz’s triumph at the US Open. The 19-year-old Spaniard pulled off a memorable feat that has allowed him to become the youngest-ever No. 1 in men’s tennis history.

Juan Carlos Ferrero’s protégé has lost his first Grand Slam with full merit, embellishing a fabulous season. Before the success in New York, the Murciano had won two Masters 1000 (Miami and Madrid) and two ATP 500 (Rio and Barcelona).

‘Carlitos’ survived three real duels in the second week and even destroyed a match point for Jannik Sinner in the quarterfinals. In the final, he beat Casper Ruud in four sets, proving he’d learned to deal with the pressure after missteps in Montreal and Cincinnati.

Through his Twitter profile, Roger Rasheed – former coach of Hewitt, Monfils, Tsonga and Dimitrov – has given nice words to Alcaraz, whose rise has been positively influenced by Rafael Nadal.

Rasheed on Nadal and Alcaraz

“100%.

And what a great upbringing he and all young Spanish players had with Rafael Nadal ( plus a host of other great role models ). That doesn’t mean everyone follows this path, but it’s hard not to embrace the positive habits of grown-ups and put them to good use,” noted Roger Rasheed.

In a recent interview, Alcaraz said: “I would love to compete against Federer one day. And all the Big Three at Grand Slams.” Notably, Alcaraz has beaten both Nadal and Djokovic before. Previously at the Madrid Open, he beat both on his way to the title.

Interestingly, he has yet to face them at a Grand Slam tournament, which could be a big test for the young Spaniard. The 19-year-old didn’t disappoint when he won his maiden Grand Slam title at this year’s US Open.

He put on a striking display throughout the tournament to emerge victorious. After his exploits at Flushing Meadows, Alcaraz received praise from former world No. 1 Novak Djokovic. The 21-time Grand Slam champion took to Instagram to praise Alcaraz for his brilliant performance in winning the US Open title.

Djokovic shared a picture of Alcaraz lifting the US Open trophy and said: “Congratulations @carlitosalcarazz on your first Grand Slam. Wonderful performance”. Djokovic was forced to skip the US Open after being denied entry to the United States due to his vaccination status.

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