Michael Chang, much like Carlos Alcaraz, started hitting the ATP Tour as a teenager. In 1989, when he was only 17, the American surprised everyone and conquered the Roland Garros by beating Stefan Edberg in the final. Alcaraz has already managed to do better than Chang from the point of view of the standings, because the American has never gone as far as the first position in the ranking.
The Spaniard will challenge the legend Novak Djokovic in the semifinals in Paris and will start, according to experts and insiders, with the underdogs. The two met only once and Alcaraz defeated his next rival at the 2022 Mutua Madrid Open in the third set tie-break.
The Murcia star eliminated two of the best players on the Tour between the round of 16 and the quarterfinals without too many worries , or Lorenzo Musetti and Stefanos Tsitsipas.
Chang: "Alcaraz? What he does at his age is sensational"
Chang explained during an interview with Super Tennis: "It's difficult to make comparisons between different eras, but there is one thing that strikes me about Carlos: the ability to play a completely different kind of tennis than that which characterizes Spanish tennis.
Already with the arrival of Rafael Nadal things had already changed, his aggressive tennis, tenacity and left-handed patterns had revolutionized things a bit. With Alcaraz we are at an even higher level… his adaptability to different surfaces is incredible.
He has an aggressive game and knows how to play very well at the net. All this, at his age, is sensational." The former Roland Garros winner also added: "Nole is in great physical condition, and with the great motivation he has in this tournament he can go all the way and win another Grand Slam.
Nole's longevity is good news for our sport." On Carlos Alcaraz's mentality in view of the semifinal played today, Juan Carlos Ferrero said: "I can't tell you everything. He must be prepared. We know Novak a lot and we will try to analyze some tactical situations.
Yes, but as I said, I think Carlos is absolutely ready. He wants to play the game, and the little details I can't tell you."
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