Ferrero warns Carlos Alcaraz before the semi-final

Alcaraz reached the semi-finals of the Wimbledon Championships for the second year in a row

by Simone Brugnoli
Ferrero warns Carlos Alcaraz before the semi-final
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Carlos Alcaraz reached the semi-finals of the Wimbledon Championships for the second year in a row, proving to have a great feeling with this surface after last year’s incredible triumph. The Spanish champion - after losing the first set against Tommy Paul in the last 16 - has raised his level expressing his best tennis in the next three sets.

Carlos Alcaraz
Carlos Alcaraz© Clive Brunskill / Staff Getty Images Sport

His next opponent will not be Jannik Sinner, because the Italian was beaten by Daniil Medvedev in the quarterfinals. The Russian will try to take revenge in London after losing last year’s semi-final against the Spaniard, who won the title by beating Novak Djokovic in the final.

Carlitos' season has improved since spring, with victories in the Indian Wells Masters 1000 and especially at the French Open last month. Alcaraz already has three majors on its board, plus 5 Masters 1000 and several other prestigious titles. His level is increasing with the passing days and he is the favorite to reach the final at Church Road along with the seven-time champion Novak Djokovic. The Serbian will face the Italian Lorenzo Musetti in the other semi-final scheduled on the Centre Court.

 Alcaraz is ready

In a long interview reported by the ATP website, Juan Carlos Ferrero talked about Carlos Alcaraz’s condition: “He’s feeling very good. He’s grown into it against tough players. [Frances] Tiafoe and [Tommy] Paul are difficult. He feels good and he’s managed to solve the problems that he’s faced, but now we’re very focused on the match with Medvedev, not thinking about the title. We can’t think much beyond Friday because that would be a mistake. Medvedev has earned the respect of all the players. So we’re approaching it with the utmost concern.”

Ferrero added: “Nothing is a given, Marc Márquez is a perfect example. What happened to him... he was winning everything, he got an injury and now he hasn’t won for over 1,000 days. He’s battling to come back now, a guy who is an absolute one-off. Problems can happen, you [can’t] be too confident, you have to keep working. I think people have got used to him being up there, perhaps what he’s doing is even underappreciated.”

Juan Carlos also reflected on Jannik Sinner’s shocking defeat against Medvedev: "Medvedev has earned respect. He beat Sinner, who we thought was almost unbeatable on the grass for his style of play. It is true that Carlos plays differently from Jannik and can do a little more harm to his playing style. We are focused to the maximum and with the maximum precautions. We beat Daniil here last year, but then he beat us in the US Open semi-final. The fact that defeats don’t affect him and help him improve says a lot about him. I’m sure he’ll feel something different on Friday."

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

Carlos Alcaraz certainly has more weapons than Jannik Sinner, such as background variations and masterful use of dropshot. After Medvedev’s victory over Alcaraz in the 2023 US Open semi-final, the Spaniard took revenge in the 2024 Indian Wells final.

The 21-year-old Spaniard has overcome some physical problems that had tormented him in recent months preventing him from playing his best tennis and making him skip the tournaments of Monte Carlo and Rome. Carlos had a lot of laps in the early rounds of the 2024 Wimbledon Championships, but now he seems ready for the title.

Alcaraz prefers the Centre Court

Alcaraz played his quarterfinal match against Tommy Paul on Court No.1, which is different from the legendary Centre Court. “I felt the difference playing on Centre Court and on Court One. The grass is different,” Alcaraz stated. “Obviously I feel like it was more sand on Court One than Centre Court. I don’t want to say holes.

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

There were more matches on Court One than Centre Court, I had to adapt my game on that. I know that there are going to be some matches that I’m not going to find my best tennis even though I have to try to win it. That’s what I’m thinking. When I’m not playing my best tennis, I’m going to try to find solutions just to be a bit better, just to beat the opponent.”

Carlos Alcaraz is the main favourite for the title according to the bookmakers, followed by seven-time champion Novak Djokovic. Very distant Daniil Medvedev and Lorenzo Musetti, huge revelation of the tournament thanks to a smooth draw. The Spaniard wants to win the French Open and Wimbledon in the same year, a feat that would be exceptional at just 21 and that would allow him to make the history of this sport.

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