Former British No. 1 Greg Rusedski suggests that even if Carlos Alcaraz doesn’t become the next Rafael Nadal, he will go on to have a great career.
Alcaraz, 18, is taking the Tour by the storm as this past summer he captured his maiden ATP title in Umag.
Alcaraz proved that he is capable of beating the top players on the biggest stage, having beaten world No. 3 Stefanos Tsitsipas at the US Open.
Alcaraz, who is enjoying a career–high ranking of No. 35 in the world, suffered a surprise loss in the Paris round-of-16 as Hugo Gaston beat the Spaniard 6-4 7-5.
“Carlos Alcaraz might not achieve what Rafael Nadal has, but the intensity he plays with is amazing for an 18 year old & we haven’t seen this for a longtime. Yes,he learnt a tough lesson yesterday & couldn’t handle the crowd, but he will bounce back stronger for the experience,” Rusedski tweeted.
Gaston beat Alcaraz in a stunning fashion
Gaston was down 5-0 in the second set but he responded with three consecutive breaks to win seven games in a row and book a straight-set win.
“I was drifting off at that point, and he started to have a letdown, as well,” Gaston said. “He made a lot of mistakes, because I managed to have fast balls, slow balls, to have high balls. He started to lose his groove, and I stayed focused. This is why I managed to overturn the match in my favour.
“[The atmosphere] was incredible. Honestly, I have been playing tennis for this. It was actually incredible. It was really wonderful to live this match with them. I actually won because they supported me from beginning to the end even when I had a letdown during the first or the second set, they were always cheering me. It’s incredible to have such a great public.”