Tracy Austin reveals Carlos Alcaraz's mindset

Alcaraz returned to Umag as the defending champion.

by Dzevad Mesic
Tracy Austin reveals Carlos Alcaraz's mindset

Former world No. 1 Tracy Austin says Carlos Alcaraz "has the mindset of a champion" as she thinks the Spaniard is focusing on one match at a time and taking care of his next opponent. Alcaraz, 19, captured his first ATP title 12 months ago in Umag.

This week, Alcaraz returned to Umag as the defending champion - for the first time in his career the Spaniard has returned to the tournament as the defending champion. "I think a guy like this, he's probably not thinking about (defending a title).

He's top five now. It's not going to really matter (defending a title). This is a guy who has a mindset: 'Give me the balls. I will win the match today. Who do I play next?' That's the kind of mindset of a champion, not like 'I have to defend something'

That's not the way you get the job done second time around," Austin said on Tennis Channel, per Sportskeeda.

Alcaraz makes a light work off Norbert Gombos

Since first-seeded Alcaraz had a first round bye in Umag, he started his campaign at the Croatian clay tournament on Thursday.

In his Umag opener, Alcaraz claimed a 6-2 6-3 victory over Gombos. “It was a really tough match,” said Alcaraz. "It wasn’t as easy as the result seems. Norbert played a really good game, and the first round of every tournament is never easy, so I had to get used to the conditons.

It was tough for me, but at the end I found a way to play better and get the win”. Alcaraz has won three clay titles this year and this is his final chance to win a fourth clay title in 2022. After this week, Alcaraz will focus on the North American hard court swing as he is set to travel to Canada in early August for the Montreal Masters. In the fall, indoor-hard court tournaments take place and there won't be any clay events until 2023 February.

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