World No. 35 Carlos Alcaraz insisted it's never easy to play against a home player after surviving a thriller against Pierre-Hugues Herbert at the Paris Masters. Alcaraz, who captured his maiden ATP title this past summer in Umag, edged out Herbert 7-6 (4) 6-7 (2) 7-5 in his Paris debut.
The match lasted two hours and 53 minutes and 18-year-old Alcaraz showed great mental strength to come out as the winner. “It’s not easy to play against a home player,” said Alcaraz, per the ATP website.
“I think we played a good level and it was a great match, so I am happy to win. He has a great serve, so I had to return better and remain focus. I think that was the key. I am playing at a good level and I want to finish the year strong”.
Andy Murray praised Alcaraz for his physcal abilities
A couple of days ago, former world No. 1 Andy Murray spoke about how strong and well Alcaraz is for someone that is just 18. On Tuesday in Paris, Alcaraz showed why Murray made those comments.
"He hits the ball really hard. Yeah, he hits the ball really hard from the back of the court, and I'd probably say like physically, I don't really like comparing like myself to other young players, but if I think back to when I was 18 in comparison to him, from a physical perspective he is unbelievably strong," Murray said.
"It wouldn't surprise me if he did really well in a Slam and was able to win long matches, like long five-set matches, already. A lot of younger players when they are 18, 19, are not physically ready for that. I'd say that's probably the thing that sort of stands out, physically he seems, very, very strong. He is obviously an excellent mover around the court as well, so that's a big positive."