Carlos Alcaraz Wins First Challenger Title, Doesn’t Like Rafael Nadal Comparisons

Carlos Alcaraz is the next Rafael Nadal. We have heard that for a long time. At age 17, yesterday he won his first ATP Challenger title at Trieste, Italy.  He defeated Italian Riccardo Bonadio 6-4, 6-3.

Alcaraz, who is coached by Juan Carlos Ferrero, the 2003 French Open champion. His bold and attacking tennis has drawn comparisons with compatriot Rafael Nadal. With more success on the court, high expectations are set for the young Spaniard. 

Check out Alcaraz’s game here. This was his first ATP win in Rio.

Alcaraz is the youngest player since Felix Auger-Aliassime to win a challenger title.  Auger-Alisassime was 2 months younger than Alcarez when he won the title at Sevilla in 2017.

The six-month hiatus didn’t break Alcaraz’s momentum. He said he spent the downtime to get improve his physical conditioning. 

I always say that I don’t like to be compared with Rafa, but this is a great achievement. I have to make my own path and I have to enjoy these moments as much as I can. I learned a lot this week.

– Carlos Alcaraz

There is no doubt Carlos Alcaraz has impressive talent. We will see if he can meet the lofty expectations.

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