Coach Ferrero makes admission about replacing Alexander Zverev with Carlos Alcaraz
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Coach Juan Carlos Ferrero admitted it "was not easy" for him to work with Alexander Zverev and added he "needed someone" like Carlos Alcaraz after splitting with the German. In early 2018, Zverev and Ferrero ended their partnership and they didn't have a happy split.
At the time, it was reported that Ferrero was having problems with Zverev's professionalism, while the German wanted more freedom when not taking part in tournaments. In late 2018, Ferrero started working with a teenage Alcaraz.
Four years later, Alcaraz is a Grand Slam champion and the youngest No 1 in tennis history. Ferrero is all about hard work and professionalism and Alcaraz has fully bought into his coach's philosophy.
Ferrero on accepting to work with Alcaraz after splitting with Zverev
“He’s like another son for me, the older one.
He’s my second player as a coach and I think I keep learning from him and he’s learning from me. We’re both together growing up at the same time. He’s a very nice guy and it’s very easy to work with him.
What I know is I needed something like this because after working with Sascha [Zverev] that wasn’t that easy for me, it’s not the same culture, he understands a little bit differently [the meaning of] being professional, I needed to refresh a little bit and work with someone that was a little bit the same character as me and wanted the same things for the future and in Carlos I think I found it," Ferrero told Eurosport.
After Alcaraz became a Grand Slam champion at the US Open, Ferrero claimed the 19-year-old unlocked around 60% of his potential. If that's true, the best of Alcaraz is yet to come. However, it's absolutely clear that Alcaraz is already one of the best players in the world and a top contender wherever he goes. In January, Alcaraz will be aiming to win his first Australian Open title.