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“You have to like to suffer” – Alcaraz of 2024 echoes Nadal of 2012

“You have to like to suffer,” Alcaraz said in his on-court interview.

“Even more so on clay, here at Roland-Garros. Long rallies, four-hour matches, five sets. We have to fight. You have to suffer. But as I’ve often told my team, you have to like to suffer,” the Spaniard continued.

These words echo those of his compatriot and role model Rafael Nadal after his defeat in the final of the 2012 Australian Open against Novak Djokovic.

Djokovic beats Nadal in epic in the final of the 2012 Australian Open

IT’S NICE TO FIGHT, TO TRY TO GO TO THE LIMIT

Rafael Nadal, Australian Open 2012

“It’s nice to fight, to try to go to the limit, to take your body to the limit of its possibilities. It’s something I really love, and I always like to suffer,” Nadal said at the time.

“When you are fit, passionate about playing, ready to play, you are able to suffer and appreciate suffering.

“That’s how I felt today, and it’s a really good feeling. I suffered during the match, but I appreciated all the problems I had during the whole match. I tried to be there, to find solutions all the time. I played a lot with my heart. I played a lot with my mind, and it’s something that’s nice to live and not just to play tennis.”

Alcaraz became the youngest player in the Open era to reach a Grand Slam final on every surface. He will take on Alexander Zverev on Sunday in the final of Roland-Garros, to try to put his name on ‘La Coupe des Mousquetaires’ alongside his idol and 14-time champion Nadal.