Alcaraz: Spanish “Mini-Nadal” becomes a problem for the Zverev generation

Carlos Alcaraz: Spanish “Mini-Nadal” becomes a problem for the Zverev generation

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  • At the age of 19, Carlos Alcaraz enchants all experts and storms the world rankings.
  • Tennis fans and players like Rafael Nadal are excited about the young Spaniard.
  • For the generation around Alexander Zverev, Alcaraz could become a really big problem.

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Carlos Alcaraz is currently on everyone’s tennis lips. The 19-year-old Spaniard was the absolute high-flyer of spring. The 1.85 meter man was able to record two Masters successes. One on hard (Miami), the other on clay (Madrid).

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With his powerful and variable way of playing, he inspires the audience – and strives for more. The right-handed player is one of the top favorites for the current Grand Slam tournament at the French Open. Rafael Nadal has recently ennobled Alcaraz as “not normal guys”. The statement can actually be understood as praise, as according to Nadal it is not normal to be so good at this age.

“Mini-Nadal” Alcaraz fights for Zverev and Co. about the tennis throne

On his way to his title at the Masters in Madrid, he also beat Nadal. The Spaniard’s absolute youth idol. One of the greats who, together with Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic, has dominated the tennis scene for the past 20 years. Successors to “Big 3”, which has already won 61 Grand Slam titles, have been available for a long time.

In addition to Daniil Medvedev, Stefanos Tsitipas and Dominic Thiem, who are in low form after a long injury phase, Alexander Zverev is also one of the players in the “next generation”. The generation that wants to step out of the shadow of the great old masters. To finally get the Grand Slam titles themselves. To become number one in the world. To dominate tennis events for years.

At least Medvedev (US Open 2021) and Thiem (US Open 2020) have already had great success. Zverev is almost anxiously awaiting this success. And now, with Alcaraz, a player six years younger than the Hamburg man is overtaking him in favor of the potential title contenders.

Alcaraz: Zverev and his generation are more variable than Nadal at his age, and he needs to be vigilant

In the Madrid final, Zverev had no chance against Alcaraz and praised the Spaniard: “There are no limits for Carlos. He is currently the best in the world. ” Within a few months, Alacaraz rose to sixth place in the world rankings. Like his big idol, Nadal grew up on the clay court. But his coach and former world-class player Juan Carlos Ferrero placed great emphasis on Alcaraz being able to excel on hard court.

“The tour is played mainly on hard court. That’s why it’s important to master the game on this surface, “said Ferrero. As a 19-year-old, Alcaraz is already a long way ahead of his compatriot Nadal.

Nevertheless, Alacaraz would like to celebrate his first Grand Slam title in a week. Namely on sand in Paris. Although the stress in the best-of-five matches is different than in the Masters, many experts believe the Spaniard is capable of this coup.

Zverev, on the other hand, is not so high among bookmakers whose generation may be falling further and further behind due to Alcaraz.

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