Carlos Alcaraz’s current level is not enough to win 2024 Wimbledon

Alcaraz reached the quarterfinals at the 2024 Wimbledon Championships for the second year in a row

by Simone Brugnoli
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Carlos Alcaraz’s current level is not enough to win 2024 Wimbledon
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Carlos Alcaraz reached the quarterfinals at the 2024 Wimbledon Championships for the second year in a row, but did not express a great tennis until now. The former World number 1 has struggled to defeat Frances Tiafoe and Ugo Humbert, proving that he is not yet at the top of the condition. The 2023 Wimbledon champion - who beat Novak Djokovic in the last year final - had too many ups and downs in the last matches but managed to win thanks to his enormous talent.

The three-time Grand Slam champion will need more continuity if he is to win his second Championships title and the fourth Major of his young career. 'Carlitos' struggled at the start of the season due to a series of injuries, which forced him to miss the Masters 1000 in Montecarlo and the Masters 1000 in Rome. Despite the pain, Alcaraz recovered in the spring winning the Indian Wells Masters 1000 and especially the French Open last month.

Carlos Alcaraz
Carlos Alcaraz © Getty Images Sport - Sean M. Haffey
 

The Spaniard will face Tommy Paul for a place in the semifinals at Wimbledon. The American plays excellent tennis on grass and has already won at the Queen’s Club this year, beating Lorenzo Musetti in the final. In addition, Tommy has already proven that he can beat Alcaraz thanks to his powerful and aggressive tennis.

Everyone hopes that Carlos Alcaraz will face his great rival Jannik Sinner in the semifinals at the 2024 Wimbledon Championships. The Spaniard and the Italian have always played beautiful matches, proving that their rivalry will be the focus of men’s tennis in the coming years. 'Carlitos' managed to beat the current World number 1 this year at Indian Wells and the French Open.

In order to reach the semifinals, Alcaraz will have to eliminate those empty passages he was the victim of in the last matches. The Spaniard is working very hard on this aspect together with his coach Juan Carlos Ferrero, but it takes further time to reach full maturity.

Carlos Alcaraz must improve

Despite the difficulties of the last days, Alcaraz analyzed with satisfaction his performance: "I am happy to have reached the quarter-finals in London and I seem to improve every game I play. I tried to keep my concentration high throughout the match, even though I made several mistakes in the third and fourth sets. It wasn’t easy, because Ugo started playing better and better. There was a time when I could not serve well, I had the feeling that he was reading my trajectories and it was difficult to find solutions. In the decisive moment of the fourth set, I increased my intensity and remained mentally strong."

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

Carlos will need to play 100% if he wants to beat Tommy Paul, who is in top form. The American defeated Spanish veteran Roberto Bautista Agut in three sets. "I always had fun when I faced Alcaraz and I hope to do well this time too" - said Paul during the press conference. I will probably have the chance to play on the Centre Court, which is the most iconic court in the history of tennis. I don’t think the schedule has been published yet, but it doesn’t make much difference to me. I’ll also be ready to play on Court No.1" - he added.

Alcaraz will face Tommy Paul

Alcaraz is considered by the bookmakers the second favorite for the victory at the 2024 Wimbledon Championships behind Jannik Sinner, who defeated in three sets Ben Shelton on Court 1. The Italian does not have the game peaks of Carlos, but his more continuous performance allowed him to become the World number 1 this year and win the Australian Open in early 2024.

The goal of the Spaniard is to return to the top as soon as possible and a victory at Wimbledon would certify his status as the strongest in the world.

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

About this topic, tennis legend Boris Becker explained the difference between Alcaraz and Sinner. "Jannik has been playing at a very high level for many months and consistency is his best quality. He did not play bad matches in the last match and lost very few games. Alcaraz grazes perfection when he plays at his best, but sometimes his performance is a little fluctuating. From Sinner you know what to expect, while Carlos has moments of sharp decline that can make a difference."

Despite being still very young, Alcaraz has already broken several records and aims to become one of the best players ever. The former world number 1 has the talent to reach legends like Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic, but he needs a further mental step to fill the gap. The rivalry with Sinner will certainly help him in his purpose, as he himself admitted on more than one occasion. Tommy Paul will be a huge test at the Wimbledon Championships to see if Carlitos can really repeat the title won at Church Road last year.

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