Raphael Nadal He’s already starting to get tired of comparisons with carlos alcaraz. After his first victory at the Masters 1000 in Rome against America John Isner (6-3, 6-1) didn’t respond very happily to an Italian journalist who asked him about his resemblance to the young Murcian tennis player.


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“I don’t know man, I forgot how I was but now I can’t talk every day about who will be better or who will be stronger. All we can do is enjoy his career, stop comparing meno matter how interesting you find it. if you win 25 big slams it will be great for him and for our country, but let him enjoy it. “I’ve been able to run my career the way I wanted, it’s time to let him do it too.”

A nadal After his rib injury, he is worried about physically recovering in front of Roland Garros, finding good feelings on the field. Only two weeks left and it’s against the clock to win his 14th title in Paris.

“I should be better”

He is aware that he needs to improve the game level. “At this point, I am the one who has to improve more than my competitors. And I will work for it and follow the path,” he said.

American ‘bomber’ on its debut at Foro Italico, nadal it only took 77 minutes to get rid of wants After saving two first ‘breaking points’ against 3-3 in the first set, he is the player to break the American giant’s best weapon, the serve four times.

The Balearic tennis player did not like the start and had to ask for more minutes on the court. So after he had finished, he asked his coach: francis roig to find a track to train him. Tomorrow he will face the Canadian in the round of 16. Denis Shapovalov.

only in Rome

nadal He is playing his second tournament on clay at Foro Italico after being eliminated in the quarterfinals last week. carlos alcaraz in Madrid. After his rib injury, he misses shooting on the ground and Foro Italico, where he retains his title, will be the last station before he heads to Paris.

Without alcaraz In Rome, who resigned to get ahead of Roland Garros, nadal remains the only Spaniard in the men’s tournament after yesterday’s defeat. pablo carreno in view Karen Khachanov (6-4, 2-6, 6-1) and the previous day’s qualifiers Alexander Davidovic, Peter Martinez Y Albert Ramosin the first round.