Carlos Alcaraz is a guy from whom a lot is expected in the coming period. The Spaniard is currently the number 1 player on the ATP list. Many believe that Alcaraz can break the records of the big three. Alex Corretja spoke for Eurosport about Alcaraz and other talents who can produce a great result at the Australian Open.
“Australia is always tricky because it's the beginning of the year. But you know, guys like Auger-Aliassime have been playing very well,” Corretja told Eurosport. “Some others too, you never know, Kyrgios is going to be in Australia with the crowd factor.
He already played well and won lots at Wimbledon. Tiafoe played such a great US Open too.
I also think Rune will be one of the top guys this year, he is improving and working like an animal. I want to see how far he will go this year.
I also want to see how [Alexander] Zverev recovers from his injury and will come stronger than before.
He will be tough because he went down, and when you suffer so much and recover, you appreciate many more things. He is someone I have a feeling that something good is going to happen to him this year."
Rafael Nadal is a man from whom we always have high expectations.
According to many, he is the main favorite of the tournament. Corretje had only words of praise for the Spaniard. “With Rafa, you can always expect the best because he's been surprising us for so long. I think the end of the [last] season, it wasn't as good as he expected, of course.
But he needed to play some matches, he played some exhibitions. And now he started the season playing the United Cup and even if he didn't win those matches, I think it was good for him to play long matches.
Because when you don't play too many matches before, it is nice to get the rhythm, I'm sure as the tournament will go on, he might feel better.
It will also depends on the draw to see how he plays, if he plays day sessions or night sessions, it makes a lot of difference at the Australian Open.
But I think with Rafa, you always have to count on him because he proved already that when we think that he is not ready he is. He needs to make a big effort to get the best shape he can but I don't have any doubt that he will be ready”.