The 18-year-old champion Next Gen is the next obstacle for the blue. Nadal-style sleeveless, sculpted physique, he hasn’t lost a set yet
If the law was needed to eliminate Novak Djokovic, the best Matteo Berrettini will be needed to remove Carlos Alcaraz from the road to the second round. After the gastrointestinal problems that had put him in serious difficulty at the debut, Matteo today seemed more toned, but he still left a set to Koslov. Mistake not to be made against Carlitos the terrible who, shaking off the nickname of “new Nadal”, goes straight without pressure under the severe guidance of Juan Carlos Ferrero.
Last season, he ended it by lifting the trophy of the Next Gen Finals in Milan. This started as a top-seeded Slam, number 31 at just 18 years, 8 months and 12 days. Earlier than the Rafa phenomenon, with whom he shares a passion for golf, sleeveless tennis outfits and cheering. “Rafa is an idol, of course. But I want to be myself, play aggressive” to look more like Federer as a style of play “. If you look closely, if you really need to look for similarities in the game I am with coach Ferrero. Very polite hand, his dampenings have made more than one victim, Carlos is fast and aggressive both with the forehand and with the backhand, several times dusted from his longline. Alcaraz varies a lot the game, he is tactically very intelligent … In short, a real thing to crack. Dusan Lajovic knows it well, killed in three sets like Tabilo in the first round, to whom he only left 7 games.
In Melbourne, the 18-year-old from Murcia also showed up with a very tight physique: “It’s a long process, which we had already started in the previous off season. This time we did even better. Nutrition, rest, training, the right supplements. We worked very well. also on this aspect “. Against Berrettini, in the quarterfinals on the fast indoor Vienna 2021, Carlos has already won. It was the first and only challenge between the two, but the boy drew excellent information that could be useful to him the day after tomorrow: “I remember being very aggressive. It will be essential not to allow Matteo to dominate the game and bring him to his forehand. I have also grown a lot in terms of experience “. Ferrero’s pupil already knows how to win against top players, he also demonstrated it in New York, eliminating Stefanos Tsitsipas in the 3rd round of the Us Open. The race has just begun.
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