‘Stop comparing him to me’ – Nadal refuses to pile tension on Alcaraz


Alcaraz defeated Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Alexander Zverev to acquire the Madrid Open final 7 days.

The 19-year-previous has a 28-3 history for the 2022 year and has risen to globe variety six in the ATP rankings, obtaining gained four tournaments this calendar year.

His unbelievable variety has drawn lots of comparisons to Nadal, who was a teenager when he burst onto the scene in the mid-2000s.

Nadal bounced back from his defeat to Alcaraz by defeating John Isner at the Internazionali d’Italia on Wednesday.

The 21-time grand slam champion is likely for an 11th title in Rome, but he could not keep away from fielding queries about Alcaraz in his post-match news conference.

“I do not know. And I is not going to be capable to converse just about every working day about who will be or who is stronger that day, will I? I forgot what I was like,” Nadal replied when asked who he thought was a much better player at the age of 19 out of himself and Alcaraz.

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“The only issue we can do is get pleasure from the profession of an remarkable player like Carlos. But cease comparing him to me.

“If he manages to gain 25 grand slams, it will be amazing for him and for our state. But allow him delight in his particular career. I have appreciated my particular profession.

“Possibly in 2005, I would not have reported about myself that I was wonderful, but I thought I was fantastic ample. That’s all. Distinctive moments. Distinct careers. A diverse way of approaching issues because situations are altering.

“But let us enjoy it. We will not [need to] put additional tension on him. Never inquire me each and every time, since I will constantly inform you the exact thing.

“It really is fantastic for our activity. Truthfully, in a egocentric way, as a viewer, to have somebody like Carlos who will appreciate their job for the next couple of yrs is fantastic.

“But now I’m continue to playing. I am targeted on hoping to do the things I have to do. That’s all.”


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