Rafael Nadal: 'I Wish Carlos Alcaraz All The Best'

‘I wish the best to Carlos Alcaraz’

Rafael Nadal and Carlos Alcaraz arrived in New York as leaders of the ATP Race. In addition, two Spaniards were among the five players who could take the ATP throne after the US Open. Defending champion Daniil Medvedev and Stefanos Tsitsipas are out of that battle, while Nadal leads it ahead of the semi-final.

Still, it’s not in Rafa’s hands after the fourth-round loss to Frances Tiafoe. The legend failed to score valuable points for a place in the quarterfinals, leaving the door wide open for Alcaraz and Casper Ruud to overtake him and take the throne on Monday.

If Carlos or Casper win the semi-final match, Nadal will lose the opportunity to become number one in the world. 1 in the world for the first time since February 2020. Despite that, Nadal wished Carlos well and cheered him on as the last Spaniard left in the draw.

Nadal and Alcaraz met twice in the first part of the season. The more experienced player came out on top after an epic semi-final battle in Indian Wells, while the youngster got his revenge in front of the home crowd in Madrid. If he beats Frances Tiafoe in the semi-final on Friday, Carlos will pass Rafa and become the Spanish number one.

1 for the first time in a career. It took the super-talented youngster just a couple of years to leave behind nearly every rival on the ATP ranking list and join the best players in the world well before his 20th birthday.

Rafael Nadal gives support to his younger compatriot.

Alcaraz is through to his first Major semifinal at the US Open.

Carlos faced an ultimate challenge in the quarterfinals, with Jannik Sinner pushing him to the limit. After five hours and 15 minutes, the Spaniard prevailed 6-3, 6-7, 6-7, 7-5, 6-3 to remain in the title field. Carlos fended off a match point in the tenth game of the fourth set and made a remarkable comeback in one of the best wins of his career.

If Alcaraz beats Frances Tiafoe and Karen Khachanov beats Casper Ruud, the Spaniard will become the first teenager at No. 1 in the world. 1. “I have not seen any game of Carlos. He is in the fourth round and should be playing well.

He is chasing his first Major crown and world no. 1 place after a fantastic season. Carlos is the last Spaniard left in the draw and I wish him the best,» Rafael Nadal said.

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