Carlos Alcaraz has several reasons to smile

Carlos Alcaraz and Jannik Sinner occupy the same part of the draw

by Simone Brugnoli
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Carlos Alcaraz has several reasons to smile
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As happened in the last edition of Roland Garros, Carlos Alcaraz and Jannik Sinner occupy the same part of the draw also at Wimbledon and could therefore meet in the semifinals and not in the final. The goal of the Spaniard is to defend the title won at the Championships in 2023 by beating in an epic final - finished in the fifth set - Novak Djokovic.

Novak Djokovic & Carlos Alcaraz, Wimbledon 2024
Novak Djokovic & Carlos Alcaraz, Wimbledon 2024© Clive Brunskill / Staff - Getty Images Sport
 

At the start, Alcaraz will deal with the qualified Mark Lajal. The 21-year-old from Estonia performed very well in the qualifying tournament by eliminating Francesco Passaro, Henrique Rocha and finishing 3-0 to James Duckworth in the decisive round.

If he wins, he’ll find one between Sebastian Ofner and Aleksandar Vukic.

Carlos Alcaraz wants to win Wimbledon again

The first huge player on Carlos Alcaraz’s way is Frances Tiafoe, who is not going through a good moment both in terms of results and physical condition.

The American was forced to retire to the Queen’s tournament following a fall that caused him a knee injury. Matteo Arnaldi will try to take this opportunity to give himself a dream third round with Alcaraz.

Carlos Alcaraz
Carlos Alcaraz© Getty Images Sport - James Fearn
 

In the same eighth of the Spanish phenomenon are Ugo Humbert and Sebastian Baez, struggling with Alexander Shevchenko and Brandon Nakashima. The main suspects for reaching the quarterfinals in the same part of the main draw are, at least on paper, Casper Ruud, Tommy Paul and Alexander Bublik.

The American, in particular, triumphed at Queen’s and proved to be a dangerous opponent on the grass.

Carlitos prepares for the edition that will begin this Monday, but before jumping to the court to defend his title granted an interview to the Spanish media "Diario Marca", in which he recalled his first presentation on the largest court of this Major, an occasion in which it yielded in the quarterfinals of 2022 against the Italian and current number one in the world, Jannik Sinner.

"Playing at Wimbledon Central blocked me, I was in shock. I didn’t know how to manage playing on that court. It was hard to adapt to that. I couldn’t tell you why, it’s the Cathedral of tennis, everything is so beautiful and I felt different," he recalled.

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