The first of Alcaraz

Carlos Alcaraz, who will debut on Tuesday (01:00, Eurosport) against the Dutch Van de Zandschulp, is training these days with Nadal, his mirror and idol.


Spanish tennis lives excited about the figure of a budding star who can partially fill the void that Rafa Nadal will leave when he retires. His name is Carlos Alcaraz and these days he trains with the Balearic, his idol and mirror (although he says his style is more similar to Federer's), in Melbourne Park. The first Grand Slam of the course, the Australian Open, will also be the first in the promising career of the 17-year-old from Murcia. At Roland Garros he was a couple of steps away from intervening and this time he did qualify in the tough previous held in Doha.

He will make his debut on Tuesday (01:00 Eurosport) against the Dutchman Van de Zandschulp. The ATP 250, dubbed the Great Ocean Road Open, came from playing on the same stage, in which he beat Attila Balasz and a top player in the category of David Goffin, who has already beaten Federer, Djokovic and Nadal, among others. He then fell in the last 16 to the experienced Brazilian Thiago Monteiro. In 2017, Carlos won the Children's Masters in London that was played in parallel to the ATP Finals in which Nadal had to retire injured after losing, coincidences of life, with Goffin. He recently said in an interview with AS that he dreams "of winning a Grand Slam and being number one." Great objectives for which he seems called with the wise direction of a champion who was leader of the ranking like Juan Carlos Ferrero, his coach who has spent the quarantine with him in Melbourne after preparing him at his academy in Villena, where the boy often lives with Pablo Carreño and Mario Vilella.

If he does well, Australia can come out in the top-100, although in his way is Tsitsipas and before the Polish Hurkacz, a tough rival if he surpasses Van de Zandschulp. "I would love to be able to get to a cross with Tsitsipas. But this is very long, game by game, because each rival is very difficult. But yes, I would love to be able to play against Stefanos," he said in a Eurosport interview.

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