Carlos Alcaraz continues to impress. After winning the US Open at the end of 2022 and claiming the world No. 1 ranking at the record-breaking age of just 19, the Spaniard hasn’t been resting on his laurels.

He won 4 titles in 2023, including two Masters 1000, in Indian Wells and Madrid. All smiles on the court, “Carlitos” embodies a new kind of tennis that is highly appealing and ambitious.

When asked where he sees himself in 10 years’ time, he replies: “I hope to win plenty of Grand Slams and fight for the number one title, while also continuing to play with the same passion as when I was 18.”

A succinct answer, though one that speaks volumes. “Win a lot of Grand Slams”, “fight for the title”, “play with the same passion as at 18.” A state of mind reminiscent of another Spaniard…

Juan Carlos Ferrero, world number one in 2003 and winner of the French Open that year, took the young Carlos Alcaraz under his wing when he was 15 years old.

It’s a winning duo, as the two have been together ever since. With his Babolat racquet, comparisons with Nadal were inevitable. Even in the way he expresses himself, Alcaraz calls to mind the Majorcan in his youth.

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