There has been a lot of discussion about who Carlos Alcaraz’s main inspiration was when he was growing up. Although videos were circulated in which, from a young age, Carlitos referred to Roger Federer as his idol, the current number 2 in the ATP rankings clarified the situation.
“My hero has always been Rafael Nadal and continues to be. Since I started playing tennis, I looked up to Rafa”.
“Of course I also watched Federer, but it was always Rafa, always. I followed tennis, the remarkable feats he achieved and the great games he played,” he said in a video released by the LTA.
Alcaraz also recalled the moment he met Rafa for the first time. “The first time I met him was when I was 12, during the Mutua Madrid Open. I was competing in the under-12 tournament, and he was in the semi-finals or something like that. I took a photo with him, it was the first time I was with him him,” he recalled.