Carlos Alcaraz reveals what surprised him most at Wimbledon

Carlos Alcaraz played a good match in London

by Simone Brugnoli
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Carlos Alcaraz reveals what surprised him most at Wimbledon
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Opening the program on the Wimbledon Central Court on the first Monday of the tournament is never easy. Carlos Alcaraz has colored his debut as defending champion at the Championships with a victory with a special flavor.

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

The Spaniard had to deal with a tougher opponent than expected, because the qualified Mark Lajal showed off and expressed a high level of play for two sets. Alcaraz had the merit of being able to make the right play in delicate moments and still closed without even giving a partial to the rival.

Carlos Alcaraz struggled a bit

Carlos Alcaraz played a good match in London: "I am very happy to be back again playing on this wonderful court. It was really special to win today. I was a bit surprised by the level of my opponent, I think he played fantastic.

I am convinced that if this continues, it will quickly climb the ranking. I am also satisfied with the level that I expressed naturally," Alcaraz said at the press conference. " It is always difficult to start a tournament, the first game is complicated because you have to adapt to the conditions.

He played without having anything to lose, the first rounds are not easy at all. I hope to continue like this. I have a lot of fun playing on grass and specifically at Wimbledon. It’s a surface that allows me to best express my playing style.

I love playing on grass and I often try to go to the net. Last year I got great results".

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

The phenomenon of El Palmar then revealed his preference between matches at best of three or five sets. " Five sets. It is increasingly difficult to beat the big players in the games at the best of the five sets.

If I have to choose, I prefer to play better than five, because I feel I have more opportunities to recover during a match. Even though I’m down by two sets, I feel I still have time to come back.”

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