The Spaniard won the Miami crowd from day one thanks to his charisma and courage in every game.

Alcaraz, next to Ferrero, is surrounded by fans.
Alcaraz, next to Ferrero, is surrounded by fans.Matthew StockmanAFP

I did not have the opportunity to meet Carlos Alcaraz Until the Sunday before the finals, when I went to watch tennis with my kids. We found her in a corridor, and the truth is that she had already fascinated me when she took the picture. He is a boy who is not normal, he has a brutal power and does not keep you indifferent, his humility surrounds you. My tennis player’s son, who could not come because he was playing in the tournament, started pushing me. “I want to go see it live,” he told me. Finally call Albert [Molina]His manager and my club mates, and invited us to the box.

On the way, I was already tense while driving, I wanted to see him on the track. He was with the players as soon as they arrived and entered the restaurant Team. As soon as he saw us he got up, very calm, polite, took pictures of her with my son, we went for a drink, there was more than an hour left to play. My son commented to me: “How could he be so quiet there? Aren’t you nervous? And the truth is that his approach to the game is impressive.

We went out, and the person you were talking to was Carlos. He inspires strength, security but above all, the desire to see him. Let’s meet on the track David NalbandianCoach Miomi Kekmanovich, His opponent in the quarter-finals, and he tells me: “If my son played well, he might have played, but he must have added an extra to Alcaraz”, referring to the Spaniard’s Ava. It was a match. They have won. When he smiled at the game, we all laughed. A crucial moment, after the point at which he lost about 3-5 in the tiebreaker of the third set, he found the spirit of the masses and at this moment he hinted at taking up arms, but with a smile. We all get up on his face.

I looked at the fascinated people, the whole stadium standing, clapping and smiling, happy, happy. This boy’s love and joy awoke after watching this game. He won the next four points and the match. Great finish, the whole stadium at his feet. People, full, rejoice to leave everything.

A mix of Nadal, Federer and Djokovic

Seeing his pull and the reason for his success and breaking down I would say his game is offensive, FedererVolley with incredible effectiveness, makes destructive drop shots, has endurance and perseverance Nadal And physically it is super elastic, e.g. Djokovic. For me he is a combination of the three and also has the strength and confidence to make the most difficult things easier at the crucial moment.

We were lucky enough to share the stand with Carlos’ father and the president of his club, who invited me to Murcia for my first professional tournament. And when I asked his dad how he managed a two-handed backhand player to maintain such a good balance in backhand dropshot and volley, he was honest that he believed thousands of hours on the front at any time of the day. Gave the ability to move beyond the ordinary.

He has an exceptional game. Some rhetorical numbers: 11 serv and volley which had 11 points in the final. And 60 drops in each tournament, 55 of them won. The magic of doing it at key points like that and winning that percentage. People feel it, players live it and he enjoys it. John Charles Ferrero It will have a lot to do with giving you confidence in those key moments. Thanks to Carlos for being brave, for making tennis so beautiful, plastic and, above all, for awakening my heart and being able to fall in love again with how tennis is such a different sport. Thanks to the team for the great work.

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