- In the QFs, Rafael Nadal won with a legend’s guile, and Carlos Alcaraz with a teenager’s moxie. How will they stack up in their all-Spanish clash of generations? | tennis.com
If you’re an NBA fan of a certain age, watching Nadal this season will bring back memories of watching Michael Jordan in the latter stages of his career. He couldn’t dunk from the foul line or score 63 points in a play-off game anymore, but none of his younger opponents knew as much about how to win as he did.
The torch of Spanish tennis, and willful exuberance, won’t be passed in one match. For tennis fans, the longer it takes, and the more we get to see Nadal and Alcaraz striving as hard as they can as opponents and colleagues, the better.
While Alcaraz has built a 10-match winning streak, it pales in comparison to Nadal’s 19-0 record in 2022 – his best ever start to a season.
The fact he has notched such a milestone at age 35 is all the more astonishing, and now, after hoisting trophies at the Melbourne Summer Set, Australian Open and Acapulco, he is targeting a fourth career title at Indian Wells.
Will Nadal improve his record to a sparkling 20-0? Or will Alcaraz earn a statement victory to continue his own upward trajectory?
“I am super happy. He is going to be a great rival for now and for the next couple of months, without a doubt,” Nadal said. “But thinking and being selfish, it’s great. To have such a star from my country [is amazing]. It is fantastic for the tennis lovers and he’s a countryman and he’s a great guy. I like him. I wish him all the very best. Probably not on Saturday when he plays against me, but in general.”
- “When I am upset or lose my concentration, I say, I am not this kind of guy; I like to be positive, not negative” – Rafael Nadal on being booed by Roland Garros crowd in 2005 | sportskeeda.com
“When I am upset or lose my concentration, I say, I am not this kind of guy [who gets upset]. I like to be positive, not negative. Not just on the tennis court, in my normal life too.”
“So, of course, I remember that match and for a moment it was unplayable, but was not my job to stop that. It was the referee’s job to stop this atmosphere that was making it impossible to play tennis in that moment,” he said. “But then I think we stopped for light or rain, I don’t know, and then we come back the next day. But I just tried to do the things that help me to keep going.”
- Monica Seles on Serena’s Legacy, Rafa’s Fire and the Power of Tennis | BNP Paribas Open
Is there are young player out there that you see some of yourself in?
Monika Seles: “No, because I truly believe we’re such individuals. In terms of my playing style, it was so unique, with two hands on both sides, a lefty, I mean, just totally unorthodox. But in terms of being competitive and just looking at one ball at a time, I’d probably have to say Nadal, because we both have that mindset that when we step on the court, we don’t pay attention to what’s happening off the court. When I watch him, I’m like, “Oh, boy, I was like that!” Any version you are, as long as you’re staying true to yourself and you put the absolute maximum effort out there when you step on the court, and you compete hard and fair, if I was coaching somebody, that’s all I could ask.”
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