'Carlos Alcaraz's better at the front of the court', says Australian tennis great

Carlos Alcaraz wants his third Slam, first in Paris

by Simone Brugnoli
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'Carlos Alcaraz's better at the front of the court', says Australian tennis great
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Tennis is a very demanding sport, both physically and mentally, so preparation is vital for success in high performance, with athletes having more and more tools, knowledge and technologies to be able to perform better.

In last year's Roland Garros semifinals Carlos Alcaraz suffered severe cramps in the semifinals against Novak Djokovic, which significantly affected his performance and forced him to look for solutions beyond the preparation he does with his entire team.

The two-time Grand Slam champion has found a remedy that is becoming popular in the sports world with great speed, “pickle juice”.

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

Against Stefanos Tsitsipas in the Roland Garros quarterfinals, Alcaraz ingested the liquid from this small bottle, a dose he repeated on Friday against Jannik Sinner in a match that lasted more than four hours and five sets, which took both players to the maximum, who felt the effects of the grueling and long battle. During a long interview, John Fitzgerald commented on the Alcaraz vs Zverev matchup.

Carlos Alcaraz wants his third Grand Slam title

"Carlos Alcaraz has more flair than Alexander Zverev. He's better at the front of the court, up near the net than Zverev is. But sometimes that can blow up for you too, if you're trying too many shots at the wrong time and you have too many options. Zverev is more solid from the back of the court and he's got a serve that's unmatched at the moment.

The percentage he's getting when he serves that big is probably unheard of. I don't think I've ever seen that before” – John Fitzgerald said.

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

After losing the first set in a resounding manner, Carlos Alcaraz was able to react to fight for victory against the new world number one, Jannik Sinner, whom he beat in five exciting sets to advance to his first final at Roland Garros, which will be his third final in tournaments of this category after his victories at the US Open and Wimbledon.

In history, there have been seven Spaniards who have won the Parisian Grand Slam, the one that Alcaraz has watched since he was a child and in which he will seek to follow in the footsteps of his legendary compatriots, including his coach, who won this tournament in 2003.

Carlos Alcaraz
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