When suddenly the cell phone rang after his historic coup in Miami, the fingers of Tennis Sensation Carlos Alcaraz began to tremble. The king was dran – Felipe VI. From Spain’s most strongly, the 18-year-old congratulated to the impressive Masters Triumph, which puts the scene in turmoil.
“It’s pretty great to get a call from the Spanish king. I was more nervous than in the match,” Alcaraz said radiantly, who prevailed in the final against Casper Ruud from Norway with 7: 5, 6: 4: “I never have it expected.” The Royal head of state of the Iberer will have saved the number, because for Alcaraz, it should only be the beginning of a significant trophy collection.
Already eleventh in the ranking
Only the American Michael Chang (Toronto 1990) and his role model Rafael Nadal (Monte Carlo 2005) were a bit younger at her first master’s institutes than the athlete from Murcia, who carried out his feat with exactly 18 years and 333 days. He dissolved a certain Novak Djokovic as the latest Miami champion – the world ranking learning from Serbia won the 2007 title in the ages of 19 years. “Congratulations Carlitos to your historic victory in Miami,” wrote Nadal at Twitter. It would certainly follow many.
Alcaraz, who has already developed the status as a wondering cheek and climbed in the world ranking rank eleven, has always been compared with the Grand Slam record champion from the island of Mallorca. And there are obvious parallels that go beyond the country of origin. The muscle-packed body already in young professional years, the enormous combat spirit and the unconditional wing of victory remind of Nadal, which he was finally underlined in the semifinals of Indian Wells. “I’ve always looked at Rafa, I have always seen his big moments and games and learned a lot from it,” said Alcaraz.
NADAL comparison undesirable
But the “next Nadal” does not want to be the powerful right-hander. His coach Juan Carlos Ferrero, who became the final in Miami in the short term after the death of his father and stirred his protégé in the poor castle, “may not, if compared to Rafa,” said Alcaraz last. He wants to go his own way and has developed his own, variable game style, with which he collected the title even at the 500er tournament in Rio de Janeiro. In the category he is the latest champion since the introduction of 2009.
Alcaraz has arrived in the world lit and another, strong competitor for the German number one Alexander Zverev on the hunt for a Grand Slam Triumph – even at the French Open from 22 May. Also, because he always reminds himself in the decisive phases of the matches to the advice of his opas. Cabeza, Corazon, Coyones – Head, Heart, Eggs, It’ll be on it. “This motto accompanies me,” said Alcaraz.