Carlos Alcaraz struggled against Andy Murray in practice set

Alcaraz continues to take on the contours of a long and overwhelming dominance at the top

by Simone Brugnoli
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Carlos Alcaraz struggled against Andy Murray in practice set
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Carlos Alcaraz continues to take on the contours of a long and overwhelming dominance at the top, probably shared with another young rival such as Jannik Sinner.

After the success at Roland Garros, which earned him the third Slam title of his career, the Iberian regained the second position in the world ranking, overtaking Novak Djokovic and chasing the new Italian record holder.

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Yet another confirmation for a boy who arrived at the top early. Since its rise to the Top 5 in July 2022, following the Hamburg Final, Alcaraz has amassed 100 consecutive weeks of presence in the top five of the ATP ranking.

More specifically, excluding a period of six weeks, between July and August 2022, and seven weeks between April and May this year, for 87 weeks the Spaniard occupied one of the first two positions. For 36 weeks he was also the number 1 in the world.

Carlos Alcaraz will defend many points

Fans at Queen’s ATP today have been able to witness special training between two Grand Slam champions. Carlos Alcaraz and Andy Murray have been practicing in the afternoon today just before debuting tomorrow at the tournament. And how did it go? As Murray has signed up for 5-3 the practice set that have been disputed, but showing both a good level in the grass.

The Spanish tennis player is preparing for the season on grass, which last year saw him protagonist of an extraordinary ride from 12 consecutive victories, which allowed him to win trophies at the Queen’s Club and Wimbledon.

Carlos Alcaraz
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"I have more bank games on grass and now, thanks to the great success of last year at Queen’s and Wimbledon, I know a bit about playing and I understand the game on grass a little bit. I’m more mature when I play on this surface.

In the first workouts I did here, my movements were not as good as last year, but it’s a slow process, so I have to be very focused on every workout and every game," said Alcaraz.

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