Carlos Alcaraz: 'My movements were not as good as last year'

Carlos Alcaraz defeated Francisco Cerundolo on grass

by Simone Brugnoli
Carlos Alcaraz: 'My movements were not as good as last year'
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There are thirteen consecutive victories that accumulates Carlos Alcaraz on grass, a player who last year conquered the ATP 500 of Queen’s and Wimbledon consecutively for an impressive tour on grass, a player who had very little experience on this difficult surface.

Carlos Alcaraz
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The current number two of the world debuted on the green surface of the London tournament this Tuesday by beating the Argentine Francisco Cerúndolo in two sets for the first round. The native of Murcia analyzed his return to this surface, in which he will play his 20th game in his career and in which he has accumulated 17 victories so far.

Good debut for Carlos Alcaraz

Carlos Alcaraz defeated Francisco Cerundolo, but he will have to be very careful to Jack Draper in the next round.

"I have more matches on grass and now, thanks to the great success I had last year at Queen’s and Wimbledon, I know a little bit how to play and I understand a little bit the game on grass.

I’m more mature when I play on this surface. In the first training I did here, my movements were not as good as last year, but it is a slow process, so I have to be very focused on every training and every game," said Carlos Alcaraz.

Carlos Alcaraz, Queens 2024
Carlos Alcaraz, Queens 2024© Luke Walker / Stringer - Getty Images Sport

For the tennis player directed by Juan Carlos Ferrero already at the time of turning a page after his historic victory at Roland Garros, is aware that soon he has to return to the chair to enjoy the Olympic Games in Paris 2024, but first you must defend 2,500 points on this grass tour.

"We have to focus on the tournament we are playing. Roland Garros was a fantastic moment for me, a dream come true when lifting the trophy. But now my mind has to be here, in grass, to be ready.

As soon as I can, I’ll play a good tennis and get ready for Wimbledon. Right now I’m focused on the grass and then I’ll think about the clay to do my best at the Olympics," said world number two.

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