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Carlos Alvaraz: the meteoric rise of tennis' new Spanish phenomenon

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Carlos Alcaraz celebrates his win over Rafael Nadal during their men's singles match at the Mutua Madrid Open 2022. (PHOTO: Getty Images)
Carlos Alcaraz celebrates his win over Rafael Nadal during their men's singles match at the Mutua Madrid Open 2022. (PHOTO: Getty Images)

He's often compared to Rafael Nadal. They’re both from Spain, both have won most of their titles on clay and both won their first Grand Slam title when they were just 19.

However, Carlos Alcaraz is in no rush to be likened to the left-handed legend. “I always say that if you are compared to Rafa, it is because you are doing the right thing, that you are on the right road.

“But I try not to think about it too much. Rafa is Rafa and Carlos Alcaraz is Carlos Alcaraz. He’s one of the best players in history while I’m living my dream,” he told journalists after recently beating Norwegian Casper Ruud in four sets to win the US Open title at Flushing Meadows, New York.

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