Spanish prodigy Carlos Alcaraz says he does his best to ignore comparisons with his ‘idol’ Rafael Nadal.
Despite being just 17, Alcaraz has already climbed to number 133 in the world, and he is impressing in Marbella this week where he won his opening match.
Given Nadal also started to make waves at such an early age, people comparing the two is, and always has been, inevitable.
However, Alcaraz says he can’t afford to allow himself to worry about what others are saying.
“I don’t pay any attention to people who have high expectations of me, who say that if I’m going to be the next Nadal,” Carlos Alcaraz told Marca.
“I try to stay out of that kind of comment. I focus on myself, my work and my team.”
Ahead of the Australian Open in February, Alcaraz got to train with Rafael Nadal for the first time, and he says it was a special experience.
However, he also said he hopes to also get the chance to practice with world number one Novak Djokovic.
“All players are good at training, but it is always more special to do it with your idol, which in my case is Rafa [Nadal],” he said.
“It was an unforgettable, unique experience that I will always keep. I miss him (Djokovic) and many more that I am also excited to play with.”
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