The inheritor of Spanish tennis has arrived. Rafa Nadal has been the Spanish king of tennis on the worldwide circuit for over 15 years now, but it surely appears like his successor is in line to take the throne. Many have rightly identified that the Alcaraz is his pure successor, and no marvel. Since 2003, no Spaniard aside from Nadal has managed to win a Grand Slam.
It is no shock that individuals have began to attract comparisons between the 2 gamers. Though Alcaraz has made a massively spectacular begin to his tennis profession, it is imposible to foretell if he’ll attain the insane heights of that of Nadal’s . Nadal is essentially the most adorned participant in historical past, with 22 Grand Slam titles to his identify, that are presently greater than each Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic possess. He received the Australian Open twice, the Roland Garros Match in fourteen editions (being the tennis participant who has received it essentially the most instances in historical past), Wimbledon twice and the US Open 4 instances.
Having mentioned that, maybe a comparability between the 19-year-old Rafa Nadal and Carlos Alcaraz can provide some perception into the Murcian tennis participant’s trajectory, and whether or not he may be in with a shot of catching his compatriot.
Youngest ever world number one
Alcaraz has turn out to be the youngest ever primary at simply 19 years, 4 months and 6 days previous. That’s considerably youthful than Nadal when he was first topped world primary. In reality, there is a three-year distinction between the 2: Nadal was named world primary at 22 years, 2 months and 15 days. On this regard, ‘Carlitos’ has the sting over the 19-year-old Nadal. Nonetheless, within the case of Nadal, we should additionally take into consideration that he snatched high spot off Roger Federer who at time, was on the peak of his profession. Alcaraz’s present rivals for this place are argubly not so good as Federer was again then.
Though Alcaraz is now the youngest ever world primary, in 2003, aged simply 17, Nadal turned youngest participant ever to be on the planet high 100. That yr, he additionally turn out to be the youngest ever participant to achieve the third spherical of Wimbledon, one thing that solely Boris Becker of Germany had achieved.
Curiously, Nadal is the youngest male tennis participant in historical past to attain the Golden Slam, which consists of profitable all 4 Grand Slams and the gold medal on the Olympic Video games throughout his profession, an achievement shared solely with Andre Agassi.
19, the magic quantity
It was in 2005, at 19 years of age, when Rafa Nadal introduced himself on the worldwide tennis scene in true fashion. He had a spectacular season that yr, and capped it off along with his first Grand Slam victory. On Sunday, June 5 2005, he turned the fourth youngest participant in historical past to win Roland Garros (on the age of 19 years and two days), defeating Argentina’s Mariano Puerta within the closing, 6-7, 6-3, 6-1, 7-5. He additionally turned the second participant to win Roland Garros in his first look on the match behind Mats Wilander.
Having mentioned that, within the 2005 US Open, the competitors which Alcaraz has simply received, Nadal solely reached the third spherical after dropping to James Blake 4-6, 6-4, 3-6 y 1-6.
And the winner is…
It is tough to separate when evaluating them at 19 years of age. What we could be sure of is that being topped world primary at simply 19 years of age is a unprecedented achievement, and based mostly on that alone, one might argue that Alcaraz has the benefit over 19-year-old Nadal. Having mentioned that, Alcaraz has an extended profession forward of him, and whether or not he maintains this excessive customary, like Rafa has finished for properly over 15 years, stays to be seen.