Carlos Alcaraz must change one aspect to become unstoppable

Alcaraz struggled to reach the quarterfinals at the 2024 Wimbledon Championships

by Simone Brugnoli
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Carlos Alcaraz must change one aspect to become unstoppable
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Carlos Alcaraz struggled to reach the quarterfinals at the 2024 Wimbledon Championships. The Spaniard has not yet expressed his best tennis in this edition of Wimbledon, accusing several laps during the matches and risking to waste too much energy.

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

The 3-time Grand Slam champion was dragged to the fifth set by Frances Tiafoe, while Frenchman Ugo Humbert surrendered in four sets after a hard battle. The former world number 1 has too many concentration breaks that risk him losing the matches and he himself admitted to have to improve in this respect.

The 21-year-old Spaniard shocked the world last year by winning the Wimbledon Championships, but it will be very difficult for him to repeat the extraordinary feat of 2023. 'Carlitos' is not top of the form and Jannik Sinner has grown a lot in the last period, becoming number 1 in the world and securing the status of main favorite at Church Road.

The current world number 3 will face the American Tommy Paul for a place in the semifinals, a fascinating challenge that is likely to become complicated. Should the Spaniard have any laps, Paul is ready to take advantage and reach his second Slam semi-final after the Australian Open 2023.

Carlos Alcaraz struggled

The declines in concentration have characterized the career of Carlos Alcaraz so far, an aspect on which he is working together with Juan Carlos Ferrero and his entire team. "One of the things I have to change is that those disconnections happen as little as possible. In the third set, Humbert raised the level and didn’t let me in, or maybe I got a little carried away by how I was playing and didn’t see any space. Yes, disconnections happen to me, but not fighting the party is something else. I try to fight every ball, and whatever happens, but yes, I try to make those periods of disconnection happen as soon as possible" – the Spaniard stated.

It’s an amazing moment for Jannik Sinner and Carlos Alcaraz, who have won this season the first two Slam trophies and now fight for the title of Wimbledon. The new generation has completely taken over the men’s tour and right now only Novak Djokovic can take up the 'old guard' and compete for very important goals. The Italian and the Spaniard have reached a record that has occurred even once throughout the Open Era: the two rivals Under 23, despite being rivals within the playing field, won at least the quarter-finals in the first three seasonal Slam events in the same calendar year. Pete Sampras and Jim Courier did it in 1993.

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

At the 2024 French Open Sinner and Alcaraz faced each other in the semifinal, giving rise to another wonderful battle of 5 sets: Carlitos prevailed, who then won the final title. The same scenario could be recorded at Wimbledon, with the two placed in the same part of the draw: in the event of both wins on Tuesday afternoon, they would find themselves facing each other.

Carlos Alcaraz and Jannik Sinner could face each other in the semi-finals of the Wimbledon Championships, a challenge that would be highly anticipated by both fans and experts. The Spaniard and the Italian will also have to pay attention to the growth of Novak Djokovic, who is increasing his level as the days go by. The 24-time Grand Slam champion has clearly beaten Holger Rune in the last 16 without ever giving the impression of being in trouble. After having surgery on his right knee, Nole is recovering the best form and will have a simpler draw than Alcaraz and Sinner. The former world number 1 can boast more experience on grass than the two young rivals, who need to play further matches on this surface.

Carlitos will support Spain at Euro 2024

'Carlitos' also confessed that he does not like to play under the roof, as his indoor results show. “I’m not used to playing indoors, I'm not going to lie. But I don't consider myself a bad player indoors. I just think that are a lot of players better than me,” Alcaraz explained. “I would prefer to play outdoors. But if the weather is OK and the suns out. Not if it is windy. But if we have to play outdoors or indoors, I have to adapt my game with the conditions that it is.”

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

Alcaraz is focused on the 2024 Wimbledon Championships, but he will support Spain at Euro 2024. Spain will face France today for a place in the final. “Right now it’s time to support them, as I know they support me when I’m playing matches,” Alcaraz stated. Alcaraz expresses the most complete tennis at the moment and - if it were to limit the breaks - he could really become unbeatable.

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