Spanish tennis legend David Ferrer says he expects Carlos Alcaraz to win multiple Grand Slams and reach the top spot but admits that comparing the 19-year-old to Rafael Nadal might be a bit too much.
Alcaraz, 19, is off to a stunning start to his career as he is already a two-time Masters champion and the sixth-ranked player in the world.
Like Nadal, Alcaraz has started achieving notable things very early in his career.
“Alcaraz is a great player, and without a doubt he is going to be a much better tennis player than me, that is very clear to me, but Nadal is a big word,” Ferrer said in a recent interview with Super Deporte. “Carlos has to make his career, but I’m sure he’s going to reach number one and win Grand Slams, because mentally he’s a very well-established player.”
Ferrer: Alcaraz has the right people around him
Alcaraz works with former Spanish Grand Slam champion and world No. 1 Juan Carlos Ferrero.
Ferrero is known as a coach who is very strict and all about hard work and discipline.
Since Alcaraz loves to train and work hard, he and Ferrero seem like a perfect combination so it shouldn’t be a surprise that they are thriving as player-coach duo.
“I know his team very well, from his representative Albert and his coaching staff with Juan Carlos Ferrero at the helm, who has also had the experience of being World No. 1, and has very clear ideas,” Ferrer added.
After winning Masters titles in Miami and Madrid, Alcaraz’s next goal was to win his first Grand Slam title at the French Open.
Alcaraz did make the second week at the French Open but then suffered a disappointing loss to Alexander Zverev in the quarterfinal.
After the French Open, Alcaraz exited Wimbledon in the last-16 following a loss to Jannik Sinner.
Now, Alcaraz’s goal is to prepare well for the US Open and try to win his first Grand Slam at Flushing Meadows.