Juan Carlos Ferrero: 'I’m Carlos Alcaraz's friend'

Spaniard champion Carlos Alcaraz is the King of Paris

by Simone Brugnoli
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Juan Carlos Ferrero: 'I’m Carlos Alcaraz's friend'
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Carlos Alcaraz is the King of Paris. The Spaniard won his first title at Roland Garros yesterday, beating a stoic Alexander Zverev in the final, who kept him busy for over 4 hours. Despite having been the favorite in the predictions, already in the previous weeks, for the new world number two it was a very demanding tournament, which put him to the test, from a physical point of view.

A problem with his forearm, which had prevented him from participating in the Internazionali Bnl d'Italia. An important success for the 21-year-old from Murcia, who puts his third Major in the collection, after having conquered the Us Open and Wimbledon.

Carlos Alcaraz
Carlos Alcaraz © Getty Images Sport - Tim Goode
 

Alcaraz is the second youngest player in the Open Era to have won all of his first three Grand Slam finals in men's singles. Before him only Bjorn Borg, who achieved this feat at the age of 20 years and 27 days. In a recent interview, Juan Carlos Ferrero reflected on his relationship with Alcaraz.

Ferrero comments on Alcaraz

Juan Carlos Ferrero talked about Carlos Alcaraz: “Our relationship is still the same,” said Ferrero. “It’s a very close relationship that can obviously change at different moments during the day. There are times when I’m purely his coach, but at other times I’m his friend.

“It’s true that kids today, as they get older, they find it harder to always say ‘Yes’. It’s a slow process of maturity that will come naturally as the years pass... And at 21, I don’t think anyone has been mature at that age. Obviously, playing tennis you mature a lot earlier, but I think he still has a ways to go because he’s very young.”

Carlos Alcaraz
Carlos Alcaraz© Getty Images Sport - Clive Brunskill
 

Juan Carlos Ferrero's pupil during the award ceremony expressed all his satisfaction, which came after a not-so-simple period: “The last month has been complicated because of the injury.

We had so many doubts in the following weeks and I am grateful to have all of you here with me. I know you give your best and your hearts to help me grow, mature and improve both as a person and as a player. I call you a team, but you are a family.”

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