One thing which has made Rafael Nadal a legendary Tennis player is his attitude to never give up at any point on the court. Nadal is known for his fighting spirit and never throws the towel when he is competing. The Spaniard always gives his 120% on the court and he has been an inspiration for many youngsters.
Teen sensation Carlos Alcaraz is one among those youngsters as Nadal has been his idol. The 18-year-old has faced Nadal on two occasions in his career and he has been beaten on both times. Alcaraz and Nadal’s latest meeting came back in the semifinal of the Indian Wells semifinal, which lasted for more than three hours.
Meanwhile, Alcaraz recalled the Australian Open final when Nadal bounced back against Daniil Medvedev despite being two sets and a break down in the third set to clinch his 21st Grand Slam title. It was a comeback for the ages as the Spaniard delivered against the Russian despite being on the backfoot.
Nadal kept believing he could come back into the game and he did exactly that to write his name in the history books.
Carlos Alcaraz said in a recent interview, “I learned about the fighting spirit, of never giving up.
“Many people will have also seen the Australian Open match, he was losing and came back almost miraculously. “From that match against him [at Indian Wells] I get the fighting spirit, never give up and fight until the last ball.
“Little by little I’m taking it more normal and I’m getting better and better. If they compare you with Rafa it’s because I’m doing things right.”
There is no doubt that Alcaraz is on the right path and he will look to keep improving his game. In fact, Nadal and Alcaraz could potentially meet in the quarterfinals of the Mutua Madrid Open.