Feliciano Lopez suggests Carlos Alcaraz needs to be "fresh and start with a spark and high intensity" right from the start, unlike Novak Djokovic who can start in "a diesel mode" and then rapidly improve his level as the match goes on.
This year, Alcaraz won six out of his first 10 tournaments played. But after impressively winning Wimbledon by beating Djokovic in the final, Alcaraz experienced a slump as he went without a single triumph in his last seven tournaments.
In some of his interviews late in the season, Alcaraz highlighted that the season runs until November and suggested that he wasn't really mentally prepared or ready to keep up the same level for the entire 2023. Addressing Alcaraz's revelation and dip in form, Lopez suggested that the Spaniard was probably tired and that it impacted his form but also highlighted that the 20-year-old still has a lot to learn.
Lopez: Alcaraz cannot achieve great results in a diesel mode like Djokovic
"He cannot achieve great results in a more diesel mode, like Djokovic, who sometimes starts matches at a slow pace, until he finds his moment and is already invincible.
Maybe what has happened to him is that at the end of the year he has not felt as comfortable, as fresh, it is normal. Because it has happened to everyone, until they learn and get to know each other. Carlos still does not have a database large enough to say here yes, here no, I'll get ready here, I'll leave this...
It's very complicated. And everything that is happening to him, what he is experiencing so soon... It is a tsunami that comes into your life at 20 years old and it is difficult to manage it. That's why I give so much credit to what he's doing.
Because he (Djokovic) doesn't scare him (Alcaraz), he has enough maturity to assimilate it, the courage to face Djokovic, who is the best player, for many, in history, without fear," Lopez told Diario AS. After losing to Djokovic in the ATP Finals semifinal, Alcaraz said he had a clear idea about what he needed to improve in the offseason.