Carlos Alcaraz: 'I did specific work to adapt...'



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Carlos Alcaraz: 'I did specific work to adapt...'

In his latest interviews, Carlos Alcaraz has made himself known even more to the world. The young Spaniard achieved several important milestones in 2022, which on the one hand amazed and on the other confirmed his great strength and the prospects that he may have in the immediate future.

The Iberian has managed in the 49 matches already played this year to win at least one set in all of them: a truly impressive figure that shows how difficult it is to beat the 19-year-old, both in best-of-three and best-of-five sets.

The current number 4 in the world has also reached 100 official matches on the ATP circuit, winning 75 of them (an absolute record, never reached by any player in history). Alcaraz recently spoke with the Gazzetta dello Sport, analyzing the tournaments that now await him: "Now we are going to North America, there I already won in 2022 in Miami and reached the semifinals in Indian Wells.

The goal is to play at the highest level possible and earn as many points as possible. Then the Us Open will come: in New York I want to do what I haven't achieved in the other Slams, which is to get past the quarterfinals," he stressed.

On the possibility of winning a Grand Slam: "I think I am close, since I have reached the quarters. Until now I have always lacked something, maybe a little experience in matches 3 of 5 sets, but I am not far from achieving it.

I have no preference on which one to conquer first... I don't feel like being picky about Slam titles," he added, joking. "I realized that sometimes losing can be good for you, because it teaches you how to react."

Alcaraz wants to win a Grand Slam

Now 4th player in the world after a breathtaking first part of the season (only six defeats for six finals disputed and four titles won), Carlos Alcaraz is therefore seeded number two in a Masters 1000 for the first time in his career thanks to combined absences by Rafael Nadal and Alexander Zverev.

A new status that he has a little trouble digesting. “I grew up so fast. I still can't believe I'm seeded number two in a Masters 1000, it's unbelievable and I didn't expect it at the start of the year. And honestly, I still can't believe it right now.

It's something I wanted at the start of the year, but I didn't think it was possible yet," said Carlos before discussing his hard training. “I did specific work to adapt to the hard and I came here several days before the start of the tournament to get used to these courts. I played points and sets with the best players here."