Rafa Nadal's heir achieves his first ATP victory with 16 years

Carlos Alcaraz, a 16-year-old from Murcia, has just won his first victory in an ATP Tour match. It was in Rio de Janeiro, before Albert Ramos (number 41 of the ATP), in a tournament in which the young tennis player had come with an invitation. Who is Carlos Alcaraz, the tennis player everyone is talking about now?

For many it is the Nadal future. For now, Carlos Alcaraz seems determined to follow his first steps. At 16, the tennis player born in El Palmar (Murcia) has just won his first game in the ATP Tour. He has done it before Albert Ramos, after accepting an invitation from the Rio de Janeiro tournament, category 500. Alcaraz got rid of Catalan in three sleeves (7-6 (2), 4-6 and 7-6 (2)), in three hours and 36 minutes. Nadal achieved his first victory on the circuit with 15 years, in Mallorca and before 81 of the world.

There are other data that coincide in the biography with the Mallorcan. Since the end of last season, the sports brand Nike decided to bet on this young Murcia, as he did with Nadal. But although many are eager to find relief from the best Spanish tennis player in history, it is preferable to go slowly and not hang tags before they can serve as ballast.

For now, Alcaraz can boast being a Spanish and European cadet champion and have the Junior Davis Cup. In 2020 he has already won two consecutive ITF tournaments, at the Rafa Nadal Academy, and has been a finalist in Anatolia (Turkey). His coach knows well what it is to go far and that is Murcia It comes from the hand of a former number one, Juan Carlos Ferrero and has trained in his academy Equelite de Villena.

«With the right attitude, you can achieve anything»

"I will remember Rio forever," Alcaraz said after his first ATP victory. «I am very happy to win my first ATP Tour match. This has been the longest and most intense game that I have played so far », the young Murcia recognized after a match that It ended at three in the morning in Brazil. "There were quite difficult conditions, but if you have the right attitude, the conditions do not matter, you can achieve anything," Alcaraz said in statements contained in the official ATP website.

Alcaraz's adventure continues in Rio de Janeiro. Now his next opponent will be Fede Coria, brother of Guillermo Coria, former acquaintance on the circuit – he was top 10 and finalist in Roland Garros 2004-. This will not be the only ATP tournament that appears on your agenda for this year. Alcaraz, number 404 of the ranking this week, has an invitation to participate in the previous of the Masters 1000 of Miami and in the Mutua Madrid Open; in addition to another in the final table of Count of Godó. Keep your name because it is stomping.