The talented 18-year-old dumped third seed Stefanos Tsitsipas out of the US Open on Friday in a five-set thriller to reach the fourth round.
It’s also the Spaniard’s first time at Flushing Meadows and he has never gone further at a Grand Slam in his career.
He’s already being tipped by many to become one of the next big names in the sport, and while he’s drawn comparisons to fellow countryman Nadal, he believes his own ‘aggressive’ style of play is most like Federer.
‘Honestly, I don’t copy any style of other players – I just play my game. But if I have to say one player that is similar [to] game, I think it’s Federer,’ Alcaraz said in a press conference.
‘I think [Federer is] similar as my game, trying to be aggressive all the time. I think it is a good similar [player].
‘Yeah, trying to be aggressive all the time with the forehand, backhand. I think I have to improve a little bit the serve, but I think it is similar.
‘I mean, I have not words to explain how I feel right now. I just don’t what happened out there in the court. So, I can’t believe I beat Stefanos Tsitsipas in a big match. For me, it’s a dream come true.’
Alcaraz’s hard-hitting winners have proved popular with the US Open crowd in recent days with Tsitsipas even claiming he’d ‘never seen someone hit the ball so hard’ after his defeat.
His ferocious forehands also saw seven-time Grand Slam champion Mats Wilander compare him to a young Nadal.
‘Well first of all, technically – I’ve got to mention the forehand. His arm at 18 years old is so explosive, it’s like Rafa Nadal when he was 18 years old – the same strength,’ Wilander told Eurosport.
‘But then the two-handed backhand is unbelievably solid, he can stay cross court all day. And then he’s smart, because he went down the line with the backhand at times.
‘And then, he’s got good hands – he threw in drop shots which put Tsitsipas completely off. The only worry I have is his serve. I know at 18 we shouldn’t look into the serve too much.
‘But technically, I would like to see it a little bit smoother. And I think he needs to work on the serve, I’m sure he will.
‘And I think he has the dream of being number one in the world. Well I’m telling you, this kid – yes, and it is very possible.’
Alcaraz will meet German Peter Gojowczyk in the fourth round.
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