'Carlos Alcaraz is a reflection of what he was', says top coach

The World number 2 won the 2024 Roland Garros

by Simone Brugnoli
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'Carlos Alcaraz is a reflection of what he was', says top coach
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In the last 32 years, Roland Garros has been conquered 20 times by Spanish tennis players, a dominance that has only been broken by legends such as Thomas Muster, Yevgeni Kafelnikov, Gustavo Kuerten, Andre Agassi, Gastón Gaudio, Roger Federer, Stan Wawrinka and Novak Djokovic; which undoubtedly highlights the dominance of Iberian tennis on this surface.

This Sunday Carlos Alcaraz joined his country's historic list as the eighth player to win the Musketeers Cup.

Alexander Zverev & Carlos Alcaraz, Roland Garros 2024
Alexander Zverev & Carlos Alcaraz, Roland Garros 2024© Tim Goode / Stringer - Getty Images Sport
 

"I've always said I'm very proud to be Spanish. Representing my flag, my country, all Spaniards, in the tournaments I go to, for me it's a pride,” Alcaraz began his explanation, about a special trophy ceremony at Roland Garros.

“More here in Paris, of the few tournaments that play the anthem when winning,” confessed the native of El Palmar. "In the end this trophy is personal, it is my own, but it also goes to the whole country, to all my people, it is something amazing.

We have lived it many times with Rafa, but to live it in first person is something wonderful,” explained the three-time Grand Slam champion.

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An impressive career at just 21 years old, a player who has become the first in history to win his first three Grand Slam finals on three different surfaces, we are talking about Carlos Alcaraz, who won Roland Garros this Sunday after beating German Alexander Zverev in five exciting sets.

Carlos Alcaraz, Roland Garros 2024
Carlos Alcaraz, Roland Garros 2024© Tim Goode / Stringer - Getty Images Sport
 

Carlos Alcaraz’s former coach Carlos Santos praised the World No.2: “There is nothing he has now that he didn't do at that time, except his serve, which has improved him a lot, because he has more strength and is taller. Before he was a short, pale boy, very skinny and very skilled. But he is a reflection of what he was, he attracted a lot of attention everywhere we went. Being the smallest, he won in higher categories.”

Following his victories in New York and London, Carlos Alcaraz got tattoos to celebrate his achievements at the US Open and Wimbledon, so Roland Garros will also have a mark on his skin.

Carlos Alcaraz Roland Garros
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