World No. 19 Carlos Alcaraz continues his run at the 2022 Indian Wells Masters as he defeats Gael Monfils in the 4th round to enter the quarter-finals of a Masters-1000 tournament for the first time in his career.
Alcaraz too has started 2022 really well, battling Matteo Berrettini to the fullest extent before finally being defeated in a thriller. He then went on to win the Rio Open title in a dominant campaign and has now started the Indian Wells brilliantly, racing past a higher-ranked Cameron Norrie in the previous round.
Still best in the world: Alcaraz’ agent on Nadal
Given the speed at which Carlos Alcaraz has risen up the tennis world to be considered as a prodigy and his way of expressing himself or dressing at just the age of 18, comparisons with Rafael Nadal have become inevitable.
The Indian Wells semifinal between the two Spaniards is one of the most highly anticipated clashes of the season so far. Nadal, a 21-time Grand Slam champion, is on a 19-match win streak, while Alcaraz has won 10 straight matches since his loss to Matteo Berrettini in the third round of the Australian Open.
However, ahead of the clash, Alberto Molina, the agent of Alcaraz, emphasized in an interview with L’equipe that the youngster is long way off the Spanish legend at the moment. He reinstated that Nadal is a special player who cannot be replicated, and the best one can do is to have the best possible career for themselves instead of competing with him.
“No one will match Rafa. (…) What he wants is not to become the new Nadal, it is to become Carlos Alcaraz. Achieve the best possible career. I want to pass on to him what I experienced while following the career of David Ferrer. David has had a wonderful career, but if people start comparing it to Rafa’s, it throws a veil. I don’t want that to happen to Carlos. My message is: “If you accept being compared to one of the best in history, you will never be appeased. You have to look at everything you achieve and give it the value it deserves. “David always said he became a better player thanks to Rafa, which is true. If Carlos positions himself correctly in relation to all of this, it will also make him better,” said Molina.