Carlos Alcaraz: 'I need everything he tell me from the box'

Alcaraz has a great relationship with his coach Juan Carlos Ferrero

by Simone Brugnoli
Carlos Alcaraz: 'I need everything he tell me from the box'
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Carlos Alcaraz is trying to erase all the doubts that arose on the eve of Roland Garros due to the forearm problem that prevented him from competing in Monte Carlo and Rome. Match after match, the Spaniard has raised his level, demonstrating that he can aspire to the Musketeers' Cup.

Alcaraz reached the quarterfinals for the third time in Paris, clearly beating Felix Auger-Aliassime and will now face what promises to be a real battle against Stefanos Tsitsipas. The reigning Wimbledon champion has defeated the Greek five times out of five and dominated the only previous match played at Roland Garros last year.

Carlos Alcaraz, Roland Garros 2024© Clive Brunskill / Staff - Getty Images Sport

Alcaraz on Juan Carlos Ferrero

"From the first round I understood that I could compete against the best, that I could achieve a great result.

As the days and rounds go by, the level increases, as does the confidence. The problem with my arm is practically forgotten, because I am increasingly comfortable with my forehand as well. I feel better and better and, now, I believe I can be at the level of the best and do a good job here", Carlos Alcaraz said in a press conference.

"Six consecutive quarterfinals in Grand Slam tournaments? Reaching the quarterfinals in a Major is very nice. But if I thought of the quarterfinals as a very good result, I would be a mediocre player. I always want more. I am already thinking - together with my team - about what we can do in the next match to reach the semifinals.

We aim to win the tournament, any other result would leave me with a bittersweet taste". He also talked about his coach Juan Carlos Ferrero: "Six years now, a lot of things happen between us in the professional part and the personal part but I need him in the box.

I need everything he tell me from the box and it's really helpful to give my 100% on the court," Carlos Alcaraz said. “We practice just two hours or three hours on the court, the rest of the day have to learn how to be a better person, how to grow up as a person as well. So he teaches me a lot of things off the court as well," he said.

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