Carlos Alcaraz improves a truly sensational statistic

The Spanish tennis player has an impressive data in matches played to the 5th set

by Lorenzo Ciotti
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Carlos Alcaraz improves a truly sensational statistic
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Carlos Alcaraz has seen the bottom of the abyss, but he managed to get out of a match that seemed over, rebelling against fate, raising his level in the most important moment of the challenge against Frances Tiafoe won in 5 tough sets and grabbing the 4th round of Wimbledon Championships. With his usual determination.

For the young Spanish champion it is the 12th match in the Slams in which he is forced to the fifth set. It is an impressive statistic, as Alcaraz has won 11 of the 12 matches played to the 5th set. Impressive. The only one who managed to get the better of the Spaniard in the decisive set is Matteo Berrettini, in the third round of the Australian Open 2022.

Frances Tiafoe and Carlitos Alcaraz
Frances Tiafoe and Carlitos Alcaraz© Julian Finney / Staff Getty Images Sport
 

At the press conference, Carlitos commented on this statistic: "What makes me special in these situations? That I feel very good physically! I don't know. In the fifth set, I think I raised my tennis, my level. The fact that I feel so good physically also helps me to play, let's say, more calmly than my opponent. I feel much better than my opponent physically and mentally: I know that my opponent must play a very high level of tennis and be at a very high level of intensity if he wants to beat me.

This helps me a lot to manage the difficult situations of the fifth set. I play with the statistic of having lost only one match in the fifth set, so this is an advantage for me. I realize that I am a great player in the fifth set. I push my opponent and take him to the limit, I try to make sure he is 100% physically and mentally. Sometimes it's hard for the opponent to maintain that kind of intensity and that level in the fifth set. In my head I think that I'm good, that I have to believe that I will win and that I will show my best tennis. I think I will win, that's what makes the difference for me."

Carlos Alcaraz
Carlos Alcaraz© Mike Hewitt / Staff Getty Images Sport
 

In the third round of the London Major, the defending Spanish champion found himself very close to a sensational elimination. In fact, the American opponent found himself ahead by a set (2-1) and ahead 0-30 on the score of 4-4 in the fourth set. At that point, however, the 3-time Slam champion showed all his quality, managing to win the 4th set in the tiebreak and, thanks to the poor physical lucidity of his opponent, to close the decisive set 6-2.

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