Carlos Alcaraz crashed again against the wall represented by Italian tennis. A few days later, the young Spanish star lost two finals against two Italians: Lorenzo Musetti in Hamburg and Jannik Sinner in Umago. According to the former Roman champion Adriano Panatta, what the 19-year-old from El Palmar must grow up in is above all the ability to recognize the moments in which he must be an anvil and those in which to be a hammer.
Panatta explained: “A player in certain moments must be an anvil and in others a hammer. When you are anvil it takes humility. Nadal and Djokovic are two who know how to make an anvil. Maybe they lose, but they stay there until the storm passes.
Alcaraz must have the humility to stay there: you can't be offended if someone plays better or if they get hit."
Alcaraz, the trainer: "Here's what he missed against Sinner"
Alberto Lledo, physical trainer of Carlos Alcaraz, returned to the final lost on Sunday against Jannik Sinner in Umag and focused on the physical condition of his player in an interview with the EFE news agency.
He said: "I don't think Carlos is missing the spark. I think the mental aspect made a difference in the final against Sinner. He played a great first set and started the second in the same way, but wasting six break points in a row hit him.
That game was the key to the match. It is true that he has played many games this year, but not many tournaments. Losing a final gives you experience, it's something that is part of the learning process of a kid who is still 19 years old.
We must not forget his age." However, Alcaraz can be satisfied with the latest performances in the circuit. Thanks to the two finals reached in Hamburg and Umag, the Spaniard has in fact gained the fourth position in the world ranking, a position that he will try not to lose at least until the start of the US Open.
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