'It sets Carlos Alcaraz up incredibly well for the final', says ATP legend

Carlos Alcaraz unstoppable in Grand Slam tournaments

by Simone Brugnoli
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'It sets Carlos Alcaraz up incredibly well for the final', says ATP legend
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There are no more words to describe the greatness of Carlos Alcaraz and Jannik Sinner. The two very young champions always give life to exciting battles, with no holds barred. Even the semifinal just concluded at Roland Garros, won in the fifth set by the Spaniard, gave great emotions, with continuous reversals on both sides.

In the end, the child prodigy from Murcia won, reaching the first semifinal in Paris, setting an incredible record of precocity. The 21-year-old is in fact the youngest in history to reach a Grand Slam final on all 3 surfaces: hard court, grass, clay.

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

All this at the age of 21, just turned 21. Andre Agassi, Bjorn Borg, Rafael Nadal and Jim Courier had also achieved this feat at a young age, but only at 22. Alcaraz, like his idol Nadal, is disintegrating any type of record.

In one, however, the Mallorcan champion just barely. With this success Carlos became the second youngest man since 2000 to reach the Roland Garros final. Speaking on Eurosport, Tim Henman opened up on Carlos Alcaraz’s rise.

Carlos Alcaraz won the battle

“And the maturity of Carlos Alcaraz, there was never any panic he was waiting for his opportunities with variations, the heavy high spinning deep shots to the baseline and when he got the opportunity just crushing the ball so well, amazing performance. It sets him up incredibly well for the final” - Tim Henman reflected on Carlos Alcaraz.

Interviewed at the end of the match Alcaraz expressed his happiness after the battle he won against his rival Sinner: “Probably.

The hardest matches I played in my short career were against Jannik. The U.S. Open 2022... this shows the great player Jannik is, the team he has, the great work he does every day....

I hope to play many more matches like this against Jannik. Yes, this was definitely one of the hardest matches I've played,” showing great respect for him. You have to find joy in suffering.

That is the key. Even more so here on the clay at Roland Garros. Long matches. 4-hour matches. 5 sets. You have to fight and suffer. As I told my team several times, you have to enjoy suffering,” he concluded.

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