Patrick Mouratoglou makes analysis of Rafael Nadal-Carlos Alcaraz stats

Coach Patrick Mouratoglou has made an interesting stats comparison between Carlos Alcaraz and Rafael Nadal as he believes the 19-year-old Spaniard is here to stay. 

Alcaraz, who turned 19 this past May, is already considered as one of the best players on the Tour. 

This season, Alcaraz has won two Masters titles and he is now enjoying a career-high ranking of No. 5 in the world. 

Alcaraz is widely considered as the player who will be the face of the men’s game once the Big Three are gone. 

Now, Mouratoglou has analyzed some stats, which explain why Alcaraz has had such a big season

Mouratoglou: A lot of people say Alcaraz is the Nadal of the new generation

“Rafael Nadal has some of the best return stats on Tour. He has won more return games than anyone else, and holds the highest percentage at 33.5%,” Mouratoglou said in a video uploaded on his Instagram. “But one player is topping Rafa on return stats this season – Carlos Alcaraz. Did you know that the Spaniard wins 51.8% of his return games when he wins the first point of the game? To put this in perspective, the tour’s average on this data is 38.4%. Alcaraz also leads in return games won after the first two points with 77.8%, which is 5% more than Rafa. The tour average is 59.4%.Same thing from 30-30, Alcaraz manages to break 38.5% of the time, again beating Rafa’s percentage. On the return, he is positioned relatively far back but moves forward as much as he can to meet the ball. His preparation is short but has a full follow through. Once in the rally, Alcaraz does a great job at neutralizing the point and gradually builds up to take control. A lot of people say that Alcaraz is the Rafa of the new generation of the players. But could he potentially surpass him? I think that’s one of the most and solid players on Tour right now, and that we will see him inside the top 5 very soon.”

 

 

 

 

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Alcaraz is often compared to Nadal and this season he has said several times that his goal is to be “the best version of Carlos Alcaraz.”