Rising Spanish star Carlos Alcaraz admitted he was very nervous at the start at the Next Gen ATP Finals but he was glad he managed to overcome the nerves and win the tournament he badly wanted to win. Alcaraz, 18, saw off Sebastian Korda 4-3 4-2 4-2 in the final at the Next Gen ATP Finals to win it all in his first appearance in Milan.
“It is amazing,” Alcaraz said in his on-court interview, per the Next Gen ATP Finals website. “To be able to win this tournament means a lot to me. I am so excited right now and emotional. I was very, very nervous at the start.
I had to be calm to save the break points. I know Korda is serving very well, so I had to play my best in those moments”.
Alcaraz didn't crush down under pressure
Alcaraz had two match points in the fifth game of the third set but failed to convert as Korda cut the deficit to 3-2.
In the following game, Alcaraz was down 0-30 on his serve but then he won four consecutive points to seal the win. "It went 0/30 on my serve [when serving for the match]," Alcaraz added. "So I had to be focused in that moment and I had to stay calm.
It was really, really tough”. Alcaraz captured his maiden ATP in Umag this past and now he is a Next Gen ATP Finals champion.. Alcaraz is being compared to fellow compatriot Rafael Nadal. "He absorbs it very well, without added pressure.
Since everyone has started saying that he is the new player who could go right to the top, he has tried to stay in a small bubble. Above all, to try and stay on his own path. Carrying the burden of comparisons with a player like Rafa [Nadal] is difficult for such a young boy," Alcaraz's coach Juan Carlos Ferrero told the ATP website.