Renowned tennis coach Patrick Mouratoglou is amazed by the power Carlos Alcaraz has in his strokes.
Alcaraz, who turned 18 in May, is one of the most promising and talented players in the world.
Alcaraz captured his maiden ATP title this past July in Umag and he is enjoying a career-high ranking of No. 32 in the world.
The power and strength with which Alcaraz hits the balls is one just one of many amazing things about Alcaraz.
“I don’t remember who is the last player that I have seen hitting the ball so hard,” Mouratoglou said in a tweet about Alcaraz.
Alcaraz is being compared to Rafael Nadal
It didn’t take long for Nadal to become a superstar and some believe Alcaraz could be the new Nadal.
This week, coach Juan Carlos Ferrero admitted that it’s not easy for Alcaraz to deal with the Nadal comparison.
Nadal is one of the greatest players in tenis history as he is a 20-time Grand Slam champion and former world No. 1.
Though it brings pressure, Ferrero adds being compared to Nadal says a lot about Alcaraz.
“He absorbs it very well, without added pressure. Since everyone has started saying that he is the new player who could go right to the top, he has tried to stay in a small bubble. Above all, to try and stay on his own path. Carrying the burden of comparisons with a player like Rafa [Nadal] is difficult for such a young boy,” Ferrero told the ATP website.
“He is very mentally strong but he still has a lot to learn – we saw it last week [he was in tears against Hugo Gaston in the last 16 of the Rolex Paris Masters]. There are things that he is unable to control. The fact that they compare him with Rafa is difficult but we have always handled it well. Him best of all. He wants to do things his own way and so far, he really is coping very well. We haven’t noticed more or less pressure because of this.”