‘The comparison with Rafael Nadal is…’, says former Top 10

Carlos Alcaraz was the great revelation of this first half of the season. The young Spaniard has accomplished several feats in 2022, so much so that he has already been designated as the future ruler of the men’s circuit. Juan Carlos Ferrero’s protégé has won the Masters 1000 in Miami and Madrid, taking off the whim of beating Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic in the Iberian capital. As if that weren’t enough, the Murciano also won the ATP 500s in Rio and Barcelona. ‘Carlitos’, on the other hand, needs a further qualitative leap to win the Grand Slams, as evidenced by the premature eliminations at Roland Garros and Wimbledon. In Paris, where he was considered one of the super favorites, he surrendered in the quarterfinals to Alexander Zverev, while on the London lawns he did not go beyond the second round (defeated in four sets by Jannik Sinner). Alcaraz will look to redeem himself at the US Open, where he showed off last year by eliminating Stefanos Tsitsipas. In a recent interview with the ‘Superdeporte’ website, Barcelona ATP director David Ferrer expressed his opinion of his compatriot.

Ferrer on Alcaraz and Nadal

New director of the Davis Cup after becoming director of the ATP 500 in Barcelona, David Ferrer has not been bored since retiring in 2019. Interviewed by the Superdeporte site, the former Roland-Garros finalist judged the level and potential of Carlos Alcaraz that everyone compares to his illustrious elder Rafael Nadal. “Alcaraz is a great player, and without a doubt, he will be a much better tennis player than me, that’s for sure. Nadal are big words. Carlos has to make his career, but I’m sure he’ll become world number one and win Grand Slams, because mentally he’s a very established player. I know his team very well, his manager Albert and his team of coaches with Juan Carlos Ferrero at the head, who also lived this experience of world number one, and who has very clear ideas.” The 22-time Grand Slam champion was of the opinion that such changes have always been part and parcel of tennis, hinting that, despite how it appears at the moment, others will eventually show up to emulate them. “In tennis there has always been generational change. We have had great stars that have been replaced by others, it is normal. Perhaps in our case what has happened is that we have been many years, but I am convinced that those who arrive will stay and take over,” Nadal said.