Former Swedish player and world number one Mats Wilander recently made some comparisons between Carlos Alcaraz and Rafael Nadal. Wilander spoke about the game of both the players when they were young and apart from the serve he founds Carlos’s game to be more explosive and better than Rafa’s at the similar age.
With four of his five titles already coming this season as the teenager leads the Tour in terms of the titles won and being one of the frontrunners in the race for ATP Finals, Wilander spoke about what makes the youngster stand out and what is he doing differently from Nadal when the 21-time Grand Slam champion was just coming on the Tour.
“He has a far more different side to his game than anyone I have seen and his game, he seems to be getting stronger and stronger day by day which is a concern for the other players to be able to keep up with him. Carlos has made more variety in his tennis than Nadal at 19 years old and that is what is surprising the tennis world the most.
“He has power and at the same time, he can carry the ball to make accurate drops I don’t think he knows more about tennis than Rafa did he found his way to play and Alcaraz in this sense varies depending on the opponent. That does not mean that one is better than another. Sometimes simplicity makes you the best Carlos has some side that Djokovic didn’t have at his age either Federer is already another story,” said Wilander as per Marca.
“Carlos Alcaraz has more shots than Rafael Nadal or Novak Djokovic”: Mats Wilander
Alcaraz’s game style is getting praise from around the globe and especially from Wilander who can’t stop talking about him and wanting him to be the best in the world. “Well first of all, technically – I’ve got to mention the forehand. His arm at 18 years old is so explosive, it’s like Rafa Nadal when he was 18 years old – the same strength. But then the two-handed backhand is unbelievably solid, he can stay cross-court all day.
“And then he’s smart because he went down the line with the backhand at times. And then, he’s got good hands – he threw in drop shots which put Tsitsipas completely off. The only worry I have is his serve. I know at 18 we shouldn’t look into the serve too much. But technically, I would like to see it a little bit smoother. And I think he needs to work on the serve, I’m sure he will. And I think he has the dream of being number one in the world. Well, I’m telling you, this kid – yes, and it is very possible,” added the 7-time Grand Slam champion.