Carlos Alcaraz reveals an important tactical change

Alcaraz struggled to reach the second week at Wimbledon

by Simone Brugnoli
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Carlos Alcaraz reveals an important tactical change
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Having the strength to win despite the continuous ups and downs and save yourself on a bad day is one of the main qualities that differentiate a champion from a good player. Carlos Alcaraz is definitely in the first category of tennis players, because today he literally opposed a fate that seemed to want at all costs to stage the biggest surprise of the tournament and exclude prematurely the man able to triumph last year.

Carlos Alcaraz, Wimbledon 2024
Carlos Alcaraz, Wimbledon 2024© Francois Nel / Staff - Getty Images Sport
 

The Spaniard found himself under two sets to one against one unleashed Frances Tiafoe and reversed the fate in the tie-break of the fourth acting as a phenomenon. Alcaraz was at times unrecognizable - perhaps he suffered some physical problems - but he never mentally let go and defeated Tiafoe with the score of 5-7, 6-2, 4-6, 7-6( 2), 6-2.

Tiafoe put Carlos Alcaraz in trouble 

Breathless but ahead of a break in the first set, Carlos Alcaraz lost the way and suffered the immediate 4-2 break against beginning to falter. Always forced to chase in batting, the Spaniard gave up the pace on 5-5 and allowed Tiafoe to take the lead.

In the middle of the second set he then raised the level and brekkato twice in a row the American also hitting an extraordinary passer on the set point. In the third, however, the situation has changed again and Alcaraz has fallen back into darkness.

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

The 21-year-old erased three break balls in the opening, but attempted a complicated Tweener on the chance offered to Tiafoe on the 3-3. The American thanked and, without hesitation, filed the set. It was the tie-break of the fourth half to reopen the games and put back in the race Alcaraz; tie-break revealed one-way.

The message came loud and clear in the first minutes of the decisive set, because Alcaraz has done nothing wrong and stopped Tiafoe in two circumstances imposing himself with another exceptional passer and a wonderful drop shot on 1-1 and 3-1.

“Today I had to find solutions to put him in trouble, I only thought about fighting for the next ball, until in the tiebreak of the fourth set I said: 'I have to go for it'. I once hit with that tactic, so this time also fell from my side" – Alcaraz said.

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