Tennis-Teenaged Alcaraz underlines potential in Nadal defeat

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(Reuters) – Carlos Alcaraz won only three games in his previous meeting against Rafa Nadal but after pushing the 21-times major winner to the brink on Saturday, 

The 18-year-old Alcaraz lost 6-1 6-2 in just 78 minutes against his fellow Spaniard when they met on clay at Madrid 

Nadal, 35, prevailed 6-4 4-6 6-3 after an engrossing contest amid strong winds but Alcaraz showed why he is considered the future champion of the sport. 

“Now I know how to play against these kind of players. I played a lot of matches against great players. Second time against Rafa. I feel like I’m part of that level. 

“I think I’m going to play against Rafa or the best players this year a lot. Now I think that I’m ready for the others.” 

The Spaniard became the youngest to clinch an ATP 500 level title last month at Rio de Janeiro, two years after winning his first tour-level match at the same tournament.  

Alcaraz said in some moments he felt he could beat Nadal on Saturday and promised to be more calm and relaxed on court the next time he met his compatriot. 

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