Spanish tennis prodigy Carlos Alcaraz has gained his first ever Grand Slam match in complete vogue, with the 17-year-old dropping simply 9 factors within the first set en path to a 6-1, 6-4, 6-4 win over fellow qualifier Botic Van de Zandschulp.
Alcaraz was initially of 2021 endorsed by Rafael Nadal’s coach and uncle Toni as “Rafael’s pure alternative”, a comparability that was much more uncanny when the teen educated with Nadal in Melbourne forward of the Australian Open.
Final week, Alcaraz dismantled world No.15 David Goffin in straight units in an Aus Open lead up occasion, whereas he’s coached by former world No.1 and Spanish tennis nice Juan Carlos Ferrero.
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Younger sporting prodigies, nevertheless, will not be at all times in a position to fulfil their immense potential – one thing Ferrero is conscious about as Alcaraz tries to make his manner.
“In case you hear that from Toni, everyone is open ears. In fact, that’s not simple,” Ferrero instructed The Age.
“That stress for somebody who’s 17 – it’s not nice. In Spain, everyone is saying that he’s the following Rafa. For him, it’s not simple to listen to that.
“He’s not saying something about it and as his workforce, we try to make an enormous wall round him.
“We’re attempting to make him do his personal factor and play a very good degree. We’re not attempting to listen to all of the mosquitoes which can be round. However this isn’t simple.”
Requested what he took onboard from his time hitting with Nadal, Alcaraz stated his dogged willpower would by no means be forgotten.
“I feel with the depth he prepare, no? He prepare with loads of depth on a regular basis,” he stated after his win.
“He hit the ball very arduous. Every ball, he attempt to hit tougher each ball. I feel he’s focus from the primary ball, from the primary ball to the final ball.
“I feel it’s a good factor to maintain it, yeah.”