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Carlos Alcaraz reveals Rafael Nadal message before Wimbledon final

Carlos Alcaraz has revealed the message that Rafael Nadal sent him prior to his Wimbledon final with Novak Djokovic.

Alcaraz beat Djokovic, 1-6 7-6(6) 6-1 3-6 6-4, to become the first man to beat the Serb on Centre Court at Wimbledon since Andy Murray in 2013.

The Spaniard has since been flooded with messages, including from Djokovic’s great rival Nadal, who is currently on the injury sidelines.

Nadal posted on social media, “Congratulations @carlosalcaraz. You have given us immense joy today and I am sure that our pioneer in Spanish tennis, Manolo Santana, has also been cheering wherever he is, such as Wimbledon whom you have joined today. A very strong hug and enjoy the moment, Champion!!!”

Alcaraz reflected on the messages that have stuck out the most to him, “Rafa’s, whenever he congratulates you, Rafa makes you especially excited because in the end he is your idol. I was also congratulated by Fernando Alonso, who is someone I admire.”

He continued, “Will Smith surprised me that he congratulated me. My friend Jimmy Butler… There have been a lot of messages that have made me excited.

“I don’t want to leave anyone because there have been many sports legends, artists… I saw that Sebastian Yatra dedicated a song to me and said ‘this is for you’. That all these people congratulate you is exciting.”

Alcaraz also went onto reveal that Nadal had sent him a message before the final as well, “Yes, yes, he sent me a message.

“First he sent it to wish me luck for the final and I appreciate it. That someone like him, an idol of my childhood and who continues to be so, sends you strength and luck for the most important moment of your life is something to admire.”

Carlos Alcaraz Career Achievements at 20

Following winning his maiden title at SW19, we at Tennishead wanted to marvel at Alcaraz’s long list of achievements in his young career:

Career-high ranking: No.1 (29 weeks*)

ATP Titles: 12 (2021 – Umag, 2022 – Rio de Janeiro, Miami, Barcelona, Madrid, US Open, 2023 – Buenos Aires, Indian Wells, Barcelona, Madrid, Queen’s & Wimbledon)

Grand Slam titles: 2 (US Open 2022 & Wimbledon 2023)

Masters 1000 titles: 4 (2022 – Miami & Madrid, 2023 – Indian Wells & Madrid)

*Current ATP No.1

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Matthew Johns, Tennishead Writer, is a professional tennis journalist with a specialist degree in Sports Journalism. He's a keen tennis player having represented his local club and University plus he's also a qualified tennis coach. Matthew has a deep knowledge of tennis especially the ATP Tour and thrives on breaking big tennis news stories for Tennishead.