The 19-year-old has faced Nadal three times: at the Madrid Open in 2021 and 2022 and at the Indian Wells Masters in 2022. the veteran became the winner of two other meetings.
The US Open champion reportedly stated that his wish was to have a positive encounter with the tennis legend.
“What I would like to do is beat him in head-to-heads.” – Carlos Alcaraz saidreportedly.
This statement, however, did not please tennis fans, many were confused by the teenager’s boastful attitude that the 36-year-old player could become a leader in their meetings. Fans did not hesitate to call Alcaraz “shameless” for such a goal.
“This dude is shameless, he wants to beat 36 year old Nadal’s record (and) flexible H2H,” said one fan.
Some fans have also pointed out that the desire of young players like Alcaraz to beat the former world No. 1 despite being in the final stages of his career is a testament to the legend’s greatness.
“Even Papa Rafa is nearing the end of his career, players are still desperate to beat him, and in the case of CA, beat him in their H2H. I think I should take it as a compliment to Rafa’s unparalleled greatness,” another fan remarked. .
Here are some more fan reactions:
“There is no point in comparing me to him,” Carlos Alcaraz rejects comparisons with Rafael Nadal.