'This mindset shift allowed Carlos Alcaraz to relax', says top coach

Carlos Alcaraz won in Paris, capturing his third Slam

by Simone Brugnoli
'This mindset shift allowed Carlos Alcaraz to relax', says top coach
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So far, he has won one Grand Slam trophy per season, starting in 2022. With so many years left in his career, Carlos Alcaraz can envision at least coming close to the records set by the Big Three (Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, and Roger Federer).

Among active tennis players, the Spaniard placed just behind the Serb and his compatriot, equaling the three Major titles taken home by Andy Murray and Stan Wawrinka. At the press conference, a reporter brought up the subject, asking the Murcia native himself if he thinks he can match Nole's 24 Slams.

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

This was the reaction of the new Roland Garros winner: “I don't know, I hope. I talked to Ferrero before the final and he made me realize how difficult it is to win one. He even has 24. It's unbelievable.

Right now I can't think about it, I have to keep working and then we will see in the future the ones I can win. For now I want to enjoy the victory here in Paris,” he said in response to the ‘spicy’ question.

Carlos Alcaraz won in Paris

In a long interview, Patrick Mouratoglou spoke about Carlos Alcaraz’s triumph in Paris: “The primary lesson from Carlos’s matches is the importance of being aggressive. In the Roland-Garros final, his offensive play was pivotal. When he broke and went up 4-0 in the fourth set, he believed again that he could win in five sets. This mindset shift allowed him to relax, regain control, and secure the win.”

In an interview with Tennis Channel, Carlitos made a comparison between this year and what happened last year in France: "I consider myself a player who learns from his mistakes, from the situations he has experienced.

In 2023, in the semifinal here against Djokovic, I couldn't finish the match because of cramps. I said I would learn from that moment. In the Wimbledon final against him I actually managed my nerves much better.

A year later, in the semifinal, I had physical problems against Jannik, but I controlled it to continue my run towards the final" he added. Now the Spaniard will focus on Wimbledon and the Olympics, again on the Parisian clay courts, to give a further positive turn to his season.

Carlos Alcaraz