Carlos Alcaraz reveals his ultimate ambition against childhood idol Rafael Nadal after a successful 2022 season

World No 1 Carlos Alcaraz reveals about his ultimate ambition against 21-time Grand Slam winner Rafael Nadal.

Carlos Alcaraz and Rafael Nadal (Images: FirstSportz)
Carlos Alcaraz and Rafael Nadal (Images: FirstSportz)

World No 2 Rafael Nadal is regarded as one of the greatest players the sport has ever seen. He has been an inspiration for many young players who admire his fighting spirit, agility, and perseverance with numerous accolades in the last two decades. Carlos Alcaraz is also among the millions who idolize Nadal from a young age. He opens up about his ultimate goal against the Mallorcan.

Nadal has had a great year dominating the Grand Slam tournaments. He remained undefeated as he won the first two singles major titles of the year. He was on the way to winning another Grand Slam in Wimbledon but an untimely abdominal injury just before his semifinal encounter broke his momentum. He could not be as consistent as he was in the first half of the year and even couldn’t win any titles.

The World No 1 Alcaraz couldn’t stop admiring the Spaniard legend and his numerous achievements that make him one of the best. He made a huge revelation about his ultimate goal to surpass the 22-time Grand Slam champion in their head-to-head encounter. Though the 19-year-old had managed to defeat Nadal at the 2022 Madrid Open, they have met three times in total with Rafael Nadal having the upper hand with a 2-1 ratio.

The 2022 US Open champion said that “Rafa’s entire career is too important. One of my goals about Nadal is to surpass him head-to-head.

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Rafael Nadal is playing exhibition matches along with Casper Ruud in the Latin America Tour

Casper Ruud along with Rafael Nadal in Argentina (Images: Casper Ruud's Instagram)
Casper Ruud along with Rafael Nadal in Argentina (Images: Casper Ruud’s Instagram)

Though he has won many accolades throughout his career, he is yet to win the ATP Finals title even once. This time, he failed to book his place in the Final Four as he had lost his first two group matches. But Rafael Nadal managed to win his final match against Ruud to end the year on a winning note.

Nadal is the defending champion at the Australian Open and is excited to be back at Melbourne Park with the aim to win his third title in Down Under. The Spaniard has been struggling with his chronic foot injury for some time. he had admitted to having it even during the French Open where he had taken injections to curb the pain during his matches. Lately, however, he has picked up many other issues as well that have made things difficult for Nadal.

In order to maintain his momentum and to carry forward it next year, he is playing exhibition matches on the Latin American tour. He is accompanied by another talented young player on the block, Casper Ruud. They will be touring six different cities before ending in Mexico City on the 1st of December.

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Prateek Pradhan is a tennis writer at FirstSportz. He is currently pursuing Journalism and Mass Communication from KIIT University, Bhubaneswar. He is very passionate about sports and a huge fan of Rafael Nadal. Other than tennis, he also follows football and cricket.