'Carlos Alcaraz tries more amortizations than...', says former ace

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'Carlos Alcaraz tries more amortizations than...', says former ace

It has been known for some time that Carlos Alcaraz was predestined, but no one imagined that he could beat the competition at just 19 years old. The very young Spaniard is experiencing a dream season, which has led him to become the youngest number 1 in the history of men's tennis.

In 2022 alone, Juan Carlos Ferrero's protégé won the US Open, two Masters 1000s (Miami and Madrid) and two ATP 500s (Rio and Barcelona). His ride to New York left everyone in awe, as did his ability to handle pressure.

'Carlitos' won three consecutive games in the fifth set, even canceling a match point for Jannik Sinner in the quarterfinals. In the final he got the better of Casper Ruud, in what was an authentic play-off for the first place in the ATP ranking.

After the usual photos in Times Square, the Iberian has already flown to Valencia to help his Spain in the Davis Cup. In a long interview with L’Equipe, Mats Wilander spent beautiful words for Alcaraz.

Wilander praises Alcaraz

“Carlos Alcaraz is the product of Roger (Federer), Rafa (Nadal) and Novak (Djokovic).

He grew up watching them on TV. He takes from Rafa the passion and love of competition. He gets his artistic side from Roger, the drop shots, the serve and volley, etc. And he takes from Novak his flexibility and his quality of movement.

I'm not sure he moves better than Novak, but he's faster. Despite everything, his passion is different from that of Rafa: he fights with a smile. We had never seen that! Maybe with Gustavo Kuerten, but differently… He tries more amortizations than any great player has ever tried.

Truly, he is the product of a sport that belongs to Roger, Rafa and Novak. I thought Stefanos Tsitsipas could be that product. Carlos Alcaraz took it even further" - Mats Wilander said. After the finals, Alcaraz explained the mental side of things and the ability to maintain mental balance throughout the tournament.

“The three elements are super important. The level of all that was very high. I surprised myself with how strong I was mentally. After losing the 3rd set vs. Sinner, after losing the 4th vs. Tiafoe. I stayed tough. I wasn’t always strong mentally as a kid.

It’s incredible to be the youngest #1 ever”. said the young man. He further said, “But it’s much more tougher what the Big 3 is doing: stay on top for 20 years. That’s what I’m looking for. I don’t wanna compare myself to them, but I wanna be like them”.