US Open 2021: Who is Carlos Alcaraz? All you need to know about Spanish teen sensation who plays like Nadal

US Open 2021: Who is Carlos Alcaraz? All you need to know about Spanish teen sensation who plays like Nadal
US Open 2021: Who is Carlos Alcaraz? All you need to know about Spanish teen sensation who plays like Nadal

US Open 2021: Who is Carlos Alcaraz? All you need to know about Spanish teen sensation who plays like Nadal- Spain’s tennis player Carlos Alcaraz took everyone by storm when he defeated World No.3 Stefanos Tsitsipas in a five-set epic on Saturday. The 18-year-old played his A-game in the riveting five-set battle to dominate the Greek superstar. Alcaraz captured the biggest win of his career Friday at the US Open as he 6-3, 4-6, 7-6(2), 0-6, 7-6(5) in a thriller to become the youngest player to reach the round 4 at a major since 1992.

I think without this crowd I would not have the possibility to win this match,” Alcaraz said in his on-court interview as quoted by ATP Tour. “I was down at the start of the fourth set, so thank you to the crowd for pushing me through. It is an incredible feeling for me.

US Open 2021: Who is Carlos Alcaraz? All you need to know about Spanish teen sensation who plays like Nadal
US Open 2021: Who is Carlos Alcaraz? All you need to know about Spanish teen sensation who plays like Nadal

US Open 2021: Who is Carlos Alcaraz? All you need to know about Spanish teen sensation who plays like Nadal

Alcaraz made his grand slam debut with Australian open in 2021. He made it to round 2 of the Australian Open and Wimbledon as well as 3rd round in the French Open.

He has won 7 out of his last 10 matches. In hard court events, Alcaraz has registered 14 wins out of 21 fixtures in 2021. Ranked 55 in the world, Alcaraz has played as many as 52 matches in this calendar year with wins in 37 matches, including a couple of ATP titles.

Spain’s Carlos Alcaraz has been on the tennis world’s radar ever since he defeated World No.14, David Goffin, at Great Ocean Road Open in February.

Earlier in June, Alcaraz had reached the third round at French Open as a qualifier to become the youngest player to reach the R32 at Roland Garros since 1992.

The Spaniard is now the youngest player to reach the US Open last 16 since Michael Chang (17) and Pete Sampras (18) in 1989. He has also become the youngest player to reach the R16 at a Grand Slam since Andrei Medvedev in 1992 at Roland Garros.

Notably, Alcaraz is the fifth-youngest player to earn a win at all four Grand Slam tournaments. Bjorn Borg, Boris Becker, and Goran Ivanisevic are three of the four players on the list that have achieved the feat at a younger age.

Those lucky enough to be at the US Open stadium will remember the name, Carlos Alcaraz Garfia, just like those who were present in 2003 will remember the debut of another young Spanish player, Rafael Nadal. The young Spaniard showed that there were several similarities between him and his illustrious compatriot Rafael Nadal.

US Open 2021: Similarities between Carlos Alcaraz and Rafael Nadal

During the 2019 US Open, Rafael Nadal used his forehand on 61% of his groundstrokes. It was pretty evident how much he prefers playing forehand. Alcaraz used his forehand in 64% of his groundstrokes.

Similarly, in 2019, Nadal won 57% of points from the baseline throughout his seven-game march to the championship. Alcaraz showed a similar show to control points from the baseline as he won 41/73 (56%) of baseline points against Norrie.

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Alcaraz Forehand consistency: Battle against Tsitsipas

SET 1: Alcaraz’s forehand (US Open averages in brackets)
• Forehand Consistency: 97% (88%)
• Speed: 82 mph (76 mph)
• Topspin: 3,413 rpm (2,661 rpm)
• Winners: 19% (11%)
• Unforced Errors: 3% (11%)

What was the impact? 33% of Alcaraz’s forehands forced Tsitsipas into defense.

SET 5: Alcaraz’s forehand (US Open averages in brackets)
• Forehand Consistency: 93% (88%)
• Speed: 81 mph (76 mph)
• Topspin: 3,011 rpm (2,661 rpm)
• Winners: 15% (11%)
• Unforced Errors: 7% (11%)

What was the impact? 42% of Alcaraz’s forehands forced Tsitsipas into defense, the highest at this year’s Open.

He will next play against US Open 2021 Qualifier Peter Gojowczyk of Germany who defeated Sweden’s Henri Laaksonen in 4 sets.

If Alcaraz defeats Peter Gojowczyk in the Round of 16 on Sunday, he will become the youngest player to reach a US Open quarterfinal in the Open era history. He would be eight days younger than Andre Agassi was when he reached the last eight in New York in 1988.

US Open 2021: Who is Carlos Alcaraz? All you need to know about Spanish teen sensation who plays like Nadal

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