After Roland Garros, Carlos Alcaraz's first difficulties in the 2022 season on the ATP circuit seem to be more and more evident. The Spaniard has shown all his qualities and potential since the beginning of the year, scoring incredible goals and several prestigious successes at just 19 years old, but the streak seems to have been interrupted a few weeks ago.
Before Wimbledon, the Iberian had always seized the opportunity to win the tournament in the final, remaining undefeated: in fifteen days, precisely in Hamburg and Umag, the Murcian was defeated twice in the final act, due to the super performance of Lorenzo Musetti and Jannik Sinner, who endorsed him a double 6-1.
The world number 4, almost close to the top 3, is still one of the best tennis players in the world (currently second in the Race to the Nitto ATP Finals in Turin) and with a future yet to be written, but perhaps he has sensed that he has some very worthy rivals with whom you will always have to fight and be in top form to win.
With Germany's fatigue still present, we certainly didn't see Alcaraz at his best in Croatia, and the Italian was very good at staying focused throughout the match and taking advantage of it, gaining more confidence after his win at Wimbledon.
"The Italians have become a nightmare for me," the Spanish player himself recently pointed out at a press conference, at the end of the first setback in the Hamburg final. The scenario was not long in repeating itself and somewhat clouded his great adventure in 2022, to the point of having to reflect on what went wrong before flying to the United States of America.
Rafael Nadal's 'heir' in Spain has only lost seven games this year, and four of them have been against an Italian. Sinner's second stoppage was added to Musetti's in Germany and Berrettini's at the Australian Open.
Lledo reflects on Alcaraz
Asked by our colleagues from Eurosport about his player's average performance in the final of the Umag tournament against Jannik Sinner, Alberto Lledo considers it a blessing in disguise because Carlos Alcaraz is gaining experience for the rest of his career.
“It is true that he has played a lot of games this year. What happens is that he advances in the rounds and losing the finals is one more experience and something that is part of the learning process in a boy who is still 19 years old, ”explained the physical trainer before returning precisely to the impressive physique of Carlitos.
“Carlos can improve in some aspects, especially hip rotation and reaction speed, but he is a genetic marvel and he has a Marvel physique. To this he adds a lot of work, because without effort, it is not possible to be at the required level."