When asked about Holger Rune’s chances, Felix Auger Aliassime, jannik sinner Y Carlos Alcarazthe champion of Spain Rafael Nadal He tried to do a small report during a very long interview with Marca. Speaking of them, rafa also expressed that the situation related to Alexander Zverev, Daniil Medvedev and Andrey Rublev, has not been very different.
The Spanish legend said: «We will see if the new signings do better and if they get better results. If we want or can analyze the situation, I think Carlos Alcaraz will mark an era. I also say with total and maximum humility that when Zverev, Medvedev and the others, me, Djokovic and Federer were still at a very high level.
We have always fed on success and for others it has always been more difficult to win. Obviously the new generation has more opportunities, because Federer retired, Djokovic and I played fewer and fewer tournaments.
In short, the new guys on the circuit are not only incredibly talented, but lucky enough to see victory in a way that the generation immediately before them couldn’t. And this helps a lot, it helps a lot and it stimulates you and certainly pushes you to get better and better.»
Nadal, to corroborate his thesis, gave as an example a champion like David Ferrer, who in turn had the misfortune of living with the Fab 4 at the best moment of his career. Rafa said: «He, for one, was an incredible player, but he found us time and time again in the semi-finals or the final and ended up winning less than he probably deserved.»
Ferrer was one of the most consistent and regular players of our generation, and yet he has never won a Grand Slam or very important matches.» On Alcaraz, fresh from the first Grand Slam of his career and now at the top of the ranking Nadal said: «Usually what makes a player so special is the ability to be strong, nothing more!
When I say that it is special, I mean that it has special characteristics. He hits the ball in an incredible way, he is very fast, he has a great backhand, he has a winning mentality. It has characteristics that make it special as I have already said.»