Rafael Nadal says Carlos Alcaraz’s rise in tennis is nice for the game however individuals should stop comparing the 2 Spaniards and let his teenaged compatriot get pleasure from his profession with out the strain of getting to reside as much as their expectations.
Alcaraz, 19, emerged as the following massive grand slam contender after he beat his idol Nadal and Novak Djokovic en path to lifting the Madrid trophy final week, his second Masters title after profitable the Miami Open in March.
“The only thing that we can do is enjoy the career of an amazing player like Carlos. Will be better, even if it’s interesting, you stop comparing him to me,” Nadal instructed reporters in Rome.
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“If he’s able to win 25 grand slams, it’s going to be amazing for him and for our country, and I will be happy for him. But let him enjoy his personal career.
“Do not put strain, further strain, on him. Do not ask me each time … I’m tremendous comfortable to have an incredible participant like him in our nation.”
Comparisons with Nadal – who won his first major aged 19 at Roland Garros – were inevitable but the 21-times grand slam winner did not want to add to the pressure ahead of the French Open later this month.
“I loved my private profession. I feel I’m tremendous comfortable the best way that I used to be capable of handle my tennis profession. It’s his second now to handle his private profession the best way that he desires it,” Nadal added.
“We can’t be, on a regular basis, fascinated by how was it, how he’s as we speak. He’s what he’s, he is unbelievable. Most likely in 2005, I cannot say about myself that I used to be unbelievable, however I feel I used to be fairly good too.
“Different moments, different careers, different way to approach things because the times are changing. But let’s enjoy him. That’s it.”
Alcaraz skipped the Italian Open in Rome to nurse a sore ankle forward of the French Open which begins on Could 22.