Last Updated on April 12, 2022
18-year-old Spanish tennis player Carlos Alcaraz in the semifinals of the Masters tournament in Miami won his 50th career victory at the ATP level. He reached the final of the tournament beating reigning champion Hubert Hurkacz of Poland in two sets.
It is interesting to note that of the “Big Three” players, only his compatriot Rafael Nadal had 50 wins on the ATP level earlier than Alcaraz, he achieved such a result at the age of 18 years and 7 months. Switzerland’s Roger Federer won that many matches at 19 years and 2 months and Serbia’s Novak Djokovic at 19 years and 4 months.
Alcaraz also became the second-youngest finalist in the history of the Masters Series tournament in Miami. Carlos is currently 18 years and 11 months old (18 years 333 days). The youngest finalist at the Miami Masters is another Spaniard, Rafael Nadal. In 2005, he reached the final round of the competition at the age of 18 years and 10 months (18 years 304 days). Nadal lost that final.
Carlos Alcaraz has improved a lot in the past years. And this is not surprising, given that he is personally trained by the famous, the recent past, tennis player Juan Carlos Ferrero
Carlos Alcaraz’s current coach is Juan Carlos Ferrero
In Spain, Carlos Alcaraz trained at the JC Ferrero-Equelite Academy. There he was noticed by a former tennis player and academy head Juan Carlos Ferrero. And he took on coaching personally when Alcaraz just turned 16 years old.
Juan Carlos Ferrero is a Spanish tennis pro with 16 wins at the ATP tournaments, one Grand Slam title (Roland Garros 2003), and is former number 1 in the ATP ranking. He ended his career in 2012 and began coaching at his academy.
Under Ferrero’s guidance, Alcaraz became one of the most progressive tennis players of 2020. He became the Newcomer of the Year when he climbed from the top five to No. 141. Alcaraz continued to rise and reached the top 60 of the ATP rankings and he’s certainly not the limit.
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Carlos Alcaraz talked about training with Juan Carlos Ferrero.
“He influences my game in a way no other coach could. Ferrero understands what’s going on in his life because he’s been through it himself-this pressure. It’s hard for me to open up about it, but I trust Ferrero 100 percent. I try to tell him everything I’m going through. If there’s a problem I go to him. It helps a lot.”
The coach of Spanish tennis player Carlos Alcaraz, Juan Carlos Ferrero talked about comparisons of his mentee with Rafael Nadal.
“I’m used to people liking comparisons. Everyone is waiting for the man who will replace Nadal. But you shouldn’t compare Carlos and Rafa. Alcaraz has to find his own way on his own and not wait for the same successes to come along. It’s hard to be guided by the best in history,” Ferrero said.
The Valencian coach also gave importance to the physical work they have done with Alcaraz so that he can display his best version. “The physical work with Alcaraz has been going on for some time. He needed a small transformation at a physical level seeing the tennis level he had. A year and a half or two ago he suffered a lot when he played against other players who demanded a lot from him and pushed him to the limit and in the third set he started to suffer. We didn’t think that muscularly he would get too big. I have told the physical trainer that he is already fine (laughs). He is a powerful player, who needs to have a good physique to move his legs well and the academy has done a very good job with him and the transformation we were looking for has been achieved. Now we have to try to keep him well, fresh, motivated and, from there, try to deploy the potential he has”.