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The Spaniard was highlighted as a unique talent but Rafael Nadal Was Ignored and not recognized

Íñigo Gurruchaga, a veteran Basque journalist who has covered wars and conflicts of all kinds, and who made London his other home more than 30 years ago, is curious. He looks up and on the plinth of the Wimbledon conference room, conversing, he sees the boy and the man, the young man, and the veteran. A two in one, all at once. First of all, because as much as his reality has forced him to develop faster than normal, Carlos Alcaraz is betrayed by the frequent youthful sparks that he gives off, as well as the laughter and the jargon (“uncle”, “uncle”, “uncle ”, he frequently addresses his coach) that he usually uses in his circle of trust; the second, because he, who has seen Rafael Nadal grow and take shape in the successive passages of the Mallorcan through London, He is struck by the control of the scene shown by the Murcian, dressed in a striking fisherman’s hat that makes the reporter’s question inevitable.

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– I am curious about the virtues of the hat you have chosen. Is it going to be your brand throughout the tournament or is it just a personal outburst?

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– Well, I don’t know… I should! [laughs] No, I look good, so maybe it will serve as a charm. If I do well at the beginning of the week, maybe I take it every day. It’s cool…

Gurruchaga, as indicated, saw over the last two decades the blossoming of the Nadal phenomenon, from the whirlwind of the bandana, capri pants, and tank top to the big man he is today. And he points out a particularity between the Balearic Islands and Alcaraz: “They are an animal force.” At the same time that he qualifies: “But the latter is more sophisticated.” During the conversation, he underlines his “security”, despite being 20 years old, and above all his “personality” draws his attention to overcome such a complicated circumstance, the fact of being only 20 years old and at the same time the obligation to handle everything that comes with being an exception; for many specialists, it is unusual.

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Experts, coaches, players, and relatives who have closely followed Alcaraz’s footsteps point out a coincidence: he has always been ahead of his age. Somehow, with it disappear the logical phases of growth. He was impressive as a child, as a juvenile and now in this hatching process still incomplete.

“It’s something we haven’t seen until now: a kind of sick combination of Roger, Djokovic, and Nadal,” says Croatian Ivan Ljubicic, who accompanied the Swiss genius on his final stretch on the circuit. “He can hurt in many ways,” said recently Paul Annacone, Federer’s tutor in his intermediate stage. “I think the grass is a very interesting surface because a lot of times I watch someone play and I think, ‘This guy can play well here, but for whatever reason, he doesn’t like it.’ And then there is Alcaraz, who thinks that his game may not adapt to grass, but in the end, he does it so well… He says that it is his favorite surface. That’s where it’s amazing. Maybe he can win five titles at Wimbledon, but you never know.” And the irate Nick Kyrgios abounds: “Seeing what he has been able to do in such a short time is crazy. He is very disciplined and loves sports. He has a showman inside, and I like that.”

Head, technique, determination

Consulted by this newspaper, Manuel Orantes from Granada points out that the current number one “has absolutely everything” and that “technically he is incredible”, in addition to the fact that “he has a good head”. The 1975 US Open and Masters Cup champion considers that “neither Federer nor Nadal nor Djokovic had that much power at the same age” and predicts “a truly impressive career”.

Having reached his twenties, Nadal already had two grades, while the other two giants had not yet raised any. Alcaraz has one, achieved last year in New York, but beyond his achievements, he generates a unanimity never seen before due to his maturity on and off the track. To his work ethic and his determination, unusual among youngsters progressing in the men’s circuit today, he adds a technical, tactical, and mental residue that is beyond the ordinary. Today the exceptionality is accentuated in this tour on the green, complicated, and uncontrollable territory where there are. “I feel as if I had played ten years on this surface,” transmits the man from El Palmar, the first tennis player other than Nadal, Federer, and Djokovic to go to Wimbledon as the first seed in 20 years.“I am a boy who learns quickly,” he adds.

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Alcaraz serves during training on Sunday at Aorangi Park. GLYN KIRK (AFP)

Unlike other players who aimed high and have gradually faded away or others who have taken refuge in excuses to justify stagnation, Alcaraz flees from subterfuge and self-criticism tends to appear in his speech. Although he is just starting, he plays professionally as a long-time tennis player.

“For me, as a tennis fan, buying any player with the magnificent three, no matter how much potential they may have, is very difficult. I am Federer’s age, and I have played against Rafa and Novak, and sometimes I think: But winning a Grand Slam is already milk! Sampras had won 14, and that was already absolutely incredible, and there was also Borg. Before Becker, Edberg, or McEnroe were already gods, and we see what those three have done and it is very difficult to understand. There are still times when I sit down, think about it and discuss it with colleagues and say to myself: ‘This is not possible’. It’s not real! It’s like when you see Kipchogue run a marathon and he does an incredible mark. But if he runs for 42 kilometers at the same speed that I sprint !  for 100 meters! That is inhuman. That is why I think that the comparison is not fair”, introduces the 41-year-old from Toledo. “But I also think that after those three guys, I haven’t seen anything similar to Carlitos, and look, I’ve seen tennis… It’s something very different from all the great talents that have emerged, apart from these three. It’s the best I’ve ever seen. He is very clear that he wants to follow his path and he is a true animal ”, concludes Feliciano, while tennis is still absorbed: Alcaraz, 20 years old. For many, never seen.

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Since his announced move to Ferrari, Lewis Hamilton has been hanging between chairs. The early timing prevents the seven-time world champion from concentrating fully on his tasks at Mercedes. A conversation should now provide clarity.

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After Lewis Hamilton announced his move from Mercedes to Ferrari on February 1st , the seven-time Formula 1 world champion is in a dilemma.

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The Brit is currently concentrating on his last season with the Silver Arrows, but the time will come when he will also have to plan the coming season with Ferrari – and of course Mercedes will do everything in its power to ensure that Hamilton does not provide any details about the new Silver Arrow for the coming one year gets to see.

A 25-year-old racing game is too hard: even Lewis Hamilton despairs of the tutorial

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Old games can be really cool. Formula 1 legend Lewis Hamilton also discovered this when he tried out some retro racing games.

You’ve probably all experienced situations like this: you have that one game or that one mission that could drive you absolutely to despair.

There are some classics, such as the “damn train” from GTA San Andreas, which you should catch up with CJ, or the little remote-controlled RC helicopter from Vice City that just didn’t want to fly the way you thought it would. Let’s just hope that GTA 6 just brings back Vice City , but leaves out the RC helicopter.

Lewis Hamilton was also confronted with such a classic. The Formula 1 legend discussed some racing games from his childhood on YouTube, as you can see in the video on YouTube here:

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What does Hamilton play? In the video, the racing driver plays various retro racing games. Hamilton certainly has experience with games; he says that today he mainly plays Call of Duty and Fortnite. But he also played games like Gran Turismo, Mortal Kombat, Mario, Street Fighter, Crash Bandicoot and GTA.

One of these retro games is Driver, which was released in 1999 for the original PlayStation. And it is exactly the game that makes Hamilton despair:

“Driver was crazy,” Hamilton remembers when he tried out the game. In the garage intro level, however, he quickly realizes that he can hardly figure out what he needs to do. After a few tries he says: “Damn, I didn’t do a good job. Time’s up, I can’t even make it through the first level.”

Not the only one: In fact, the garage level in “Driver” is notorious for being the most difficult part of the game. For years we have been reading reviews from players who emphasize that they never actually got through the tutorial and therefore failed early on in the game.

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Jimmie Johnson “Racing With One Arm Tied Behind His Back,” Claims Dale Jr as He Trashes Chase Elliott

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If you look at Jimmie Johnson‘s record so far in the races this year, you would not really see a 7-time Cup Series champion. J.J. finished P28 at Daytona and P29 at Texas. But is that his fault? No doubt, Legacy Motor Club has had trouble being competitive, and Dale Earnhardt Jr believes that with the right machinery, Jimmie Johnson can be quite competitive. Junior also spoke about the difficulty of having short practice sessions, contradicting Chase Elliott‘s words from a few days ago.

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The Hendrick Motorsports driver won the race at the Texas Motor Speedway, so Dale Earnhardt Jr is more inclined to take his word for it as he is the one doing the racing on the track. As far as Jimmie Johnson is concerned, his former teammate wants him to be a lot more competitive than he has been of late. Given the 7-time Cup Series champion’s age, perhaps it is not possible for him anymore to challenge for wins, but competing against drivers in the top 10 or 15 could be achievable if he had a better car.

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Dale Earnhardt Jr exclaimed, “He’s (Elliott) the driver that’s just won the race this past weekend…if he tells me that this is the way it is and this is good, I’m gonna probably take his word for it cause he is the one out there doing it. I am sitting at home watching from a distance and like I say all the time, we got a lot of opinions on here and we sometimes get it right and sometimes get it wrong. Maybe I am wrong about this one.

“Maybe I am wrong about practice. I just know that I’d love to see Jimmie run better and if he thinks practice will help, I’d love to give him more practice cause I wanna see Jimmie Johnson be competitive. I feel like he is racing with one arm tied behind his back,” Dale Earnhardt Jr said on a recent episode of his podcast.

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Maybe the practice session also played a part in Johnson not being able to compete too well. According to Dale Earnhardt Jr, the practice sessions in the NASCAR Cup Series are quite short and it leaves drivers no time to process the data and formulate how they can improve the car’s performance.

Chase Elliott does not agree with that, as he had said earlier that the shorter practice sessions were good enough for him. Perhaps shorter sessions are more advantageous for teams like Hendrick Motorsports that have many things already figured out than some of the smaller teams, like Legacy Motor Club. Dale Earnhardt Jr spoke about his experience with a short practice session in the fall Xfinity Series race at Bristol last year, where he finished P30, and it was just barely enough.

“Yes, more practice. I would love more practice. When I went to Bristol last year, was it enough? Yes. But it was barely enough. Right at the end of that practice, I started to feel like I was sort of gaining on it and everything happens so fast, Practice, 20 minutes, Qualifying, and you’re like…you’re just spun out. There’s no time to download and think and process and change what you are doing to make adjustments and improve but anyhow, Chase thinks it’s fine,” the NASCAR veteran added.

Whose side are you on in this debate? Are shorter practice sessions better, or should the drivers be afforded longer practice sessions to get their cars as fine-tuned as possible? Let us know what you think.

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It’s because he’s a part-time driver so i will never take that: Chase Elliott refuses Jimmie Johnson’s request

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Currently, NASCAR races provide 20 minutes of practice time for Cup drivers before qualifying, except on certain weekends. Johnson is advocating for an increase in this time to 40-45 minutes, as he believes it will allow drivers to develop a better understanding of the car and enable their teams to make necessary adjustments. However, his former teammate Chase Elliott has a different opinion on the matter.

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During a media interaction in Texas, Elliott expressed his belief that drivers already have enough practice time. He suggested that Johnson’s desire for additional practice stems from his limited race appearances this season, similar to other part-time drivers. Elliott hinted that Johnson does not have enough opportunities to familiarize himself with the car, leading to his request for more practice time.

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Prior to the Cup race in Texas, Johnson revealed the reasons behind his struggles in the Cup series. He highlighted that the current cars no longer allow him to effectively use the right rear wheel, which was his characteristic racing style. Due to changes in aerodynamics and tires, Johnson now needs to rely on the right front wheel to steer.

Fortunately, Johnson’s new approach to driving Next-Gen cars has shown promising results. He achieved his best position since joining Legacy Motor Club and was able to complete the race on the lead lap for the first time in this era. Johnson hopes to maintain this positive momentum and potentially convince NASCAR to implement changes that provide part-time drivers with more practice time.

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