World No. 5 Carlos Alcaraz thinks the lack of mental toughness cost him deeper runs at the French Open and Wimbledon. After winning Masters titles in Miami and Madrid, Alcaraz made it clear his next goal was to win his first Grand Slam at the French Open.
Alcaraz, 19, made the French Open quarterfinal before losing to Alexander Zverev in four sets - a match in which he was considered as the favorite. At Wimbledon, Alcaraz reached the last-16 before suffering a four-set loss to Jannik SInner.
"When facing the challenge of a Grand Slam, the fundamental thing is the mental aspect because to face matches of four or five hours, you have to be very prepared. I think I wasn't at my best in that particular aspect and I didn't know how to handle the pressure and nerves in the best possible way," Alcaraz said, as quoted on Sportskeeda.
Alcaraz ready for Umag
Last week, Alcaraz fell just short of winning his fifth title of the year after suffering a surprise defeat to Lorenzo Musetti in the Hamburg final. Alcaraz lifted his first ATP title in Umag 12 months ago and now he is ready to defend his title at the Croatian clay event.
"I am fully recovered physically and mentally from what happened in Hamburg and I look ready to face the title defence in Umag. I am very fond of this event, I love to come because there is a great atmosphere and I have been able to relax for a few days and do new things, such as riding a jet ski," Alcaraz said.
This week, Alcaraz entered the top-5 for the first time in his career. Alcaraz's next goal is the top spot. "I consider that I have completed one stage and now another begins. In it, I see that I have four players ahead of me that I have to surpass in order to meet my big goal, which is to be number 1 in the world, and I will work hard to achieve it," Alcaraz said.