Australian Open 2021, tennis news: Carlos Alcaraz, Rafael Nadal successor, Toni Nadal comments, 17-year-old tennis prodigy, Juan Carlos Ferrero

Spanish tennis prodigy Carlos Alcaraz has won his first ever Grand Slam match in comprehensive fashion, with the 17-year-old dropping just nine points in the first set en route to a 6-1, 6-4, 6-4 win over fellow qualifier Botic Van de Zandschulp.

Alcaraz was at the start of 2021 endorsed by Rafael Nadal’s coach and uncle Toni as “Rafael’s natural replacement”, a comparison that was even more uncanny when the youngster trained with Nadal in Melbourne ahead of the Australian Open.

Last week, Alcaraz dismantled world No.15 David Goffin in straight sets in an Aus Open lead up event, while he is coached by former world No.1 and Spanish tennis great Juan Carlos Ferrero.

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