2013 French Open finalist David Ferrer says Carlos Alcaraz is a stunning talent and will certainly be a great talent but doesn't want to compare him to Rafael Nadal.
Just like Nadal, Alcaraz became a Masters champion and a top-10 player at the age of 18.
No player has been doing this type of things since Nadal so it should not be a surprise to see Alcaraz being compared to Nadal.
However, Ferrer doesn't want to compare Alcaraz to Nadal because that could be "a big burden" and also "nobody can overshadow Nadal."
“But I don’t like comparing them, because what Rafa has done is huge. He’s a legend of tennis, the best player in history," Ferrer told the ATP Tour website. “Comparing them would be a big burden for Carlos. He will be a player who has a chance to be the No. 1 in the world. He will have a lot of chances to win Grand Slams, but he has his whole career ahead of him.”
Ferrer on the Alcaraz and Nadal comparison
Ferrer enjoyed a good career as he won 27 ATP titles, reached a Grand Slam final and once was ranked at No. 3 in the world.
Ferrer now serves as the Barcelona tournament director – the tournament which Alcaraz won last week.
Ferrer is a true Spanish legend but he says Alcaraz will definitely have a better career.
“He’s not replacing me, because Carlos Alcaraz will be better than David Ferrer,” Ferrer added.
“Nobody can overshadow Rafa because of everything he has been and continues to be, because he’s the No. 1 in the Race [ATP Race to Turin]. The good thing is that we can enjoy both of them. It’s not that one is arriving when the other is leaving, one is the No. 1 and the other is the No. 2 in the Race.”
Spanish tennis fans would certainly absolutely love to see Alcaraz go against Nadal in Madrid next week.
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