Alexander Zverev swept Carlos Alcaraz in Acapulco then praised the 17-year-old Spanish sensation as a future Prime 10 drive.
Within the aftermath of his 6-3, 6-1 win over Alcaraz on the Abierto Mexicano Telcel Open, Zverev mentioned the load of Alcaraz’s pictures and his motion across the court docket are two main belongings that can assist propel him to the Prime 10 “by 2024.”
“I’ve performed in opposition to many gamers youthful than me and [his] ball could be very heavy, it is rather totally different from the others I’ve performed and they’re additionally good,” Zverev mentioned. “He strikes very effectively and might hit the ball very onerous. I feel he is bought a vibrant future forward of him, and I feel he will transfer quick within the rankings.”
Final spring, Alcaraz stunned compatriot Albert Ramos-Vinolas in his ATP Tour debut on the 2020 Rio de Janeiro as 16-year-old wild card, changing into the primary man born in 2003 to win aTour-level match and the ATP’s youngest match winner since Cristian Garin, 16, at 2013 Vina del Mar.
Alcaraz, who completed 2020 because the youngest man ranked contained in the ATP Prime 600, is presently ranked No. 132 after upsetting 14th-ranked David Goffin on the Melbourne tune-up event for the Australian Open. Alcaraz certified for the AO and reached the second spherical.
5 years in the past, Rafael Nadal saved a match level preventing off a teenage Zverev at Indian Wells and pronounced the younger German a future Prime 10 participant and Grand Slam contender. Nadal’s prediction proved appropriate. Now, US Open finalist Zverev envisions Alcaraz maturing right into a Prime 10 participant throughout the subsequent couple of years.
“He is a younger participant who began taking part in extraordinarily effectively and did not lose plenty of balls,” Zverev mentioned. “Then I felt extra snug within the recreation. I say I simply modified continents, it is the primary match and I feel it isn’t all the time straightforward to play a first-round match like this in opposition to a participant so younger that he comes motivated, with power and needs to compete. I am proud of how the match turned out.”
Picture credit score: Abierto Mexicano Telcel Open Fb