Former world No. 1 and Spanish tennis great David Ferrer predicts that 19-year-old Carlos Alcaraz will soon become a multi-Grand Slam champion and the sport’s No. 1 player.
At the age of 19, Alcaraz has already won two Masters titles and is ranked sixth in the world. Just like Nadal did at a similar stage in his career, Alcaraz is off to a spectacular start.
In a recent interview with Super Deporte, Ferrer said, “Alcaraz is a great player, and without a doubt, he will be a much better tennis player than me, that’s very clear to me,” adding, “but to compare him to Nadal is not very appropriate.”
“Carlos has to make his career, but I’m sure he’ll get to number one and win Grand Slams because mentally, he’s a very established player,” said Roger Federer.
To paraphrase Ferrer: “Alcaraz has the right people around him.”
Former Spanish Grand Slam champion and current world number one Juan Carlos Ferrero is Alcaraz‘s coach. Ferrero has a reputation as a tough and disciplined coach who expects a lot from his players.
Alcaraz and Ferrero seem like a great match because they both value training and hard work. So it should come as no surprise that they work well together as a player and coach. “I know his team very well, from his representative Albert and his coaching staff with Juan Carlos Ferrero at the helm, who also had the experience of being world number one, and who has very clear ideas,” Ferrero said.
The French Open was the next logical step for Alcaraz after his success at the Miami and Madrid Masters. Alcaraz made it to the quarterfinals of the French Open, but he was eliminated by eventual champion Alexander Zverev.
Following his loss at the French Open, Alcaraz was eliminated from Wimbledon at the hands of Jannik Sinner in the round of 16. Now that Wimbledon is over, MaintAlcaraz is focusing on getting ready to compete in his first Grand Slam tournament at Flushing Meadows in New York.