Spaniard Carlos Alcaraz has admitted that playing at home is not easy and has revealed that he would love to face Rafael Nadal at the Madrid Masters. Alcaraz, who turns 19 on Thursday, is already a big star by being Masters champion and being in the top 10.
The Madrid public will not be just excited about Nadal this week, as the Alcaraz games are expected to attract a lot of attention in the Spanish capital. “It’s not easy playing at home,” Alcaraz said, according to Sportskeeda.
“There are many expectations, many people who want to see you well. But I am a player who turns it around, I take it as a motivation, as an extra help ”
Alcaraz could face Nadal in the quarterfinals
Alcaraz, seeded number 7, was eliminated from the first round in Madrid.
After a bye in the first round, Alcaraz will face Nikoloz Basilashvili, who beat Fabio Fognini in the first round. “My birthday is Thursday. I have a game on Tuesday. Hopefully I can play on my birthday.
Desire. It is a special day, where last year I was able to play against Rafa, and this year I want to be able to play my birthday match against him. I hope I can win this year,” Alcaraz said.
Alcaraz and Nadal could meet in the quarterfinals in Madrid. Alcaraz arrived in Madrid in top form after beating Barcelona a week ago. On the other hand, there is a question mark over the status of Nadal, who is only playing his first tournament of the season on clay.
“Yes, yes, I checked the chart, but, you know, it’s a Masters 1000. All the matches here are very complicated. It may be that in the first round it will be a final of an ATP tournament.
We have to watch game by game, and hopefully I can face Rafa again,” added Alcaraz.