The next Wednesday, the Madrid Masters 1000 will have a duel in which the past and present and the future of tennis will attend. Rafael Nadal He will debut in the Spanish tournament against his compatriot, and great promise, Carlos Alcaraz placeholder image, in what will be the first confrontation between the two, so it is worth remembering what the 120th in the world said in 2016: “My idol is Rafa Nadal. I want to be like him, because he trains very hard”.
The Murcian (120th ATP) beat the French in his first round match Adrian Mannarino (34th) by 6-4 and 6-0 to get into the next instance. With this triumph, Alcaraz became, two days after turning 18, in the Youngest player in history to have won a game at the Caja Mágica.
After his triumph and knowing that he will face his idol, the young man said that “Playing with Rafa here is going to be a dream come true. I’ve always wanted to measure up to him”. Precisely on the day that faces are seen in front of the manacorí, the boy will celebrate his coming of age.