Before his matches against Lorenzo Musetti and Jannik Sinner in Hamburg and Umag respectively, Carlos Alcaraz had never lost a final on the major circuit. The young Spanish tennis player had always been impeccable in the five finals he had previously won, but the two Italian players managed to unsettle him and win in three sets.
Sinner, in particular, ended up dominating the last two sets and left only two games to his rival. "He started playing better and better and I didn't know how to play against him anymore. I didn't know how to find solutions after that match.
Physicals conditions? They didn't affect me. I just didn't know how to play against him. I wasn't very aggressive, that's why I felt that way. He has raised the level and I have made many mistakes, "explained Alcaraz himself at a press conference.
Alberto Lledó, physical trainer of the 19-year-old from Murcia, spoke about the physical condition of his client in an interview with the EFE news agency. "I don't think Carlos lacked the spark. I think the mental aspect made the difference in the final against Sinner.
He played a very good first set and started the second the same way, but wasting six break points in a row affected him", explained Lledó in words collected by Eurosport. "That game was the key to the match. It is true that he has played many matches this year, but not so many tournaments.
Losing a final gives you experience, it is something that is part of the learning process of a boy who is still 19 years old. Don't forget how old he is."
Carlos Alcaraz is ready
Present alongside Stefanos Tsitsipas during the draw for the Masters 1000 in Montreal this Friday, a tournament in which he is seeded number 2 after Rafael Nadal's package, Carlos Alcaraz spoke about his adaptation to North American conditions after having played two tournaments on clay in July (finalist in Hamburg and Umag).
"It's a bit difficult to get used to a new surface, however consider me a player who adapts very quickly. If I train well before the tournament, I will also be 100% ready for the hard courts. There is a Grand Slam nearby; getting good results and playing good matches would help build confidence in the US Open.
Juan Carlos told me something, I want to visit the city and play in front of the fans. He also told me that the tennis club is amazing."