Spanish tennis star Carlos Alcaraz failed to lift his maiden Grand Slam title this fortnight at the French Open but he is leaving Paris proud of himself and with his head held high. After winning two Masters titles and breaking into the top-10, Alcaraz came to Paris determined to add a Grand Slam title to his name.
Unfortunately for Alcaraz, his dreams of becoming a Grand Slam champion in Paris ended on Tuesday as Alexander Zverev beat the Spaniard 6-4 6-4 4-6 7-6 (7) to progress into the French Open semifinal. “I have to take the lessons [from] today.
It was a tough match and close match,” Alcaraz said in his post-match press conference, per the ATP website. “I could say I didn't start well, and in this level, quarter-final of a Grand Slam, you are playing against the best players in the world, so you have to start the match better than I did today.
I have to improve for the next Grand Slam or next matches. But I would say I'm not far away from reaching a semi-final or being able to win a Grand Slam. I would say I have the level, I have the confidence to win a Grand Slam or reach the semi-finals next time”.
Alcaraz proud of his run
Alcaraz saved a break point in the ninth game of the third set to take a 5-4 lead, before breaking Zverev in the following game to force a fourth set. In the fourth set, Zverev broke Alcaraz in the ninth game to open a 5-4 lead and give himself a chance to serve out for the match.
However, Alcaraz refused to quit as he broke back Zverev in the 10th game and managed to force a tie-break. In the tie-break, Alcaraz failed to convert his set point as Zverev managed to close out the match in four sets.
“I leave the court and leave the tournament with the head very high,” Alcaraz said. “I fought until the last ball. I fought until the last second of the match, and I'm proud of it”.