Alcaraz “enchanted” by a champion

Alcaraz “enchanted” by a champion

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By Richard Pagliaro | Thursday February 23, 2023

Carlos Alcaraz never met Roger Federer, but the US Open champion is “enchanted” by the Swiss superstar – and cites him as a stylistic inspiration.

The 19-year-old Spaniard often refers to Rafa Nadal as his tennis hero, but in a new interview with Vogue Magazine, Alcaraz says Federer’s sheer artistry captivated him and shaped his aesthetic.

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“Rafa is someone I’ve always watched,” Alcaraz told Vogue Magazine. “I admire him a lot. But Federer, the class he had, how he got people to watch tennis: that was nice.

“Watching Federer is like looking at a work of art. It’s elegance, he did everything great. I was enchanted by him.”

Ahead of his Laver Cup farewell match in London last September, Federer said he was impressed by the Spaniard’s run at the US Open and believed the sport’s future was “bright” with Alcaraz among the young stars at the top of tennis.

“Of course it’s disappointing that I never got to play him,” Federer said of Alcaraz. “Obviously I’ve been watching him closely what he’s been doing at the US Open and throughout the year.

“It’s been amazing and I’ve always said there will always be new Superstars in the game and he’s one of them. The game is light.”

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Coach Patrick Mouratoglou, who coached Serena Williams, said the aggression, smooth movements and clever creativity of tennis majors Alcaraz are reminiscent of Federer.

“He brings together the qualities of the three greatest players of all time,” Mouratoglou told Tennis Majors of Alcaraz’ game. “I think his game is closest to Federer. Like him, he’s super aggressive and super creative, always trying to do something with the ball.

“The speed with which he can go in from the back of the pitch is pure Roger.”

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