Alcaraz Cautions Against Counting Nadal Out at Roland Garros

Alcaraz Cautions Against Counting Nadal Out at Roland Garros

by Sebastian Dahlman

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Carlos Alcaraz has tremendous respect for Rafael Nadal cautioning everybody against counting him out for Roland Garros.

Rafael Nadal has not played since January when he injured his hip in a match against Mackenzie McDonald. It's been a painful journey since then for Nadal as he had to push back his return a couple of times due to the recovery not going as originally thought.

The Spaniard recently provided an update talking about it admitting trouble. His uncle Toni was more upbeat recently confirming that Nadal will play at Roland Garros which is something that made a lot of people in the tennis world happy. Alcaraz is as well as he wants him in Paris so he can challenge him properly as he revealed when talking to Puntodebreak.

"He is one of the best in history and we want to see him in all the tournaments. I say this as a player and as a tennis lover, I like to see him compete and learn from him. It has been a pity all these months where we have not been able to see him in tournaments. Hopefully, he will be in Rome and then at Roland Garros, where he will be a rival to beat."

It's unlikely that Nadal plays any event before Roland Garros to give himself plenty of time to play himself into shape. He won't be match ready and the preparation will be far from ideal but Alcaraz cautioned people against ruling him out of Roland Garros candidacy because of his tremendous record at the event.

Although he has not played since Australia, a man who has won a tournament 14 times will always be difficult to beat in that tournament, even if he comes without match rhythm. It will also be difficult for him, tennis requires that competitive rhythm, but Rafa is Rafa, even if he arrives without many matches, he will surely show a spectacular level.


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