Aside from Russia, Spain also placed two tennis players in the top ten of the ATP World Rankings this week. There is obviously the champion and winner of 21 Grand Slam titles Rafael Nadal and the phenomenon of the moment (and not only) Carlos Alcaraz, capable of winning the third trophy of the season in Barcelona and climbing to ninth place in the ranking.
An important weekend for the nation also saw Pablo Carreño Busta reach the final, then clearly beaten by the talented 18-year-old. Messages and compliments have not been lacking for Alcaraz and the two tennis players in general.
Among them, Nadal also wanted to dedicate a post through his social networks: “Congratulations to Carlos for the title in Barcelona! Also to Pablo for the final. A spectacular week for both of them and for Spanish tennis, which still has times to winner.”
Six titles so far this year for the Iberians, given the three by Rafa and Carlos. “I know him a lot and he knew how he was supposed to play, but it shows that this year he is at a very high level.
Then you have to practice what you think you need to do and he shot really hard from the baseline and brought home a lot of winners. It was difficult. I had to be very precise to be able to deal with it.
With the backhand I did not feel comfortable at all and the serve did not help me”, said the runner-up of the contest about the Murcian. Then he added: “We come from a very complicated week, he and I had to play twice”.
Clement on Rafa Nadal
Former world number 10 Arnaud Clément has explained how “extraordinary” he finds that Rafael Nadal has always been “extremely polite”
“What I find extraordinary about Rafa is that he has always been a player, with his entourage, extremely polite,” Clement said. “He always comes to say hello, he comes to shake hands because he wins Grand Slams, tournaments every week, Masters 1000 all the time.
I don’t remember where he went, the day after one of his big victories, we were in the hotel lobby and then he sees me, our eyes meet, I make a small gesture to say hello, then he crosses the entire corridor to shake my hand.
The Frenchman also admitted that it would be difficult for him to act like the Mallorcan if he were in his place. “I always found it extraordinary,” added Clément.
“I thought to myself: ‘You, Arnaud, I think you are a pretty healthy person, but if you had ever lived like him, would you have walked down the hall or just shake your hand or head? I think I know the answer. Rafael Nadal is extraordinary, he is exceptionally simple.”