Carlos Alcaraz shares what made his Wimbledon final win over Novak Djokovic possible

Alcaraz sends out a special message ahead of his Queen's title defense.

by Dzevad Mesic
Carlos Alcaraz shares what made his Wimbledon final win over Novak Djokovic possible
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Carlos Alcaraz showed some major appreciation for the grass-court tournament at the Queen's Club as the 21-year-old Spaniard says if not for a title there, he also would not have won Wimbledon. 

Although Alcaraz was a Grand Slam champion and had been ranked at No. 1 in the world, there wasn't much pressure or expectation on the Spaniard when the 2023 grass season started. Even in one of his interviews before kicking off his grass season, Alcaraz confessed there was still a lot he needed to learn about playing on grass. 

And in his opening match on the grass of 2023, Alcaraz struggled a lot but managed to edge out Arthur Rinderknech 4-6 7-5 7-6 (3) in the Queen's first round. Then, the 21-year-old Spaniard proceeded to win his next four matches in two sets and win his first grass title.

Carlos Alcaraz
Carlos Alcaraz© Getty Images Sport - Julian Finney

A few weeks later, Alcaraz won his second Grand Slam title after becoming the first player since 2018 to beat Novak Djokovic at Wimbledon.

Alcaraz's special message for Queen's ahead of his return

"It was great winning Queen's, my first tournament on grass. It was a really special one. I would say if I didn't win Queen's, I would not have been able to win Wimbledon. So it was a great run over there and a special win for me," Alcaraz said in a video for the LTA.

"I love playing on grass. I think my game is very well-suited for grass. I want to play aggressive all the time. I want to find the net in every point. Drop shots, slices. So I think that's my style and that's the way that I enjoy the game."

Although Alcaraz concluded his French Open run on Sunday, he still plans to start his grass season at the Queen's Club. It remains to be seen if Alcaraz can successfully defend his Queen's title and set himself nicely for potentially another great Wimbledon run.

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