The two Wimbledon 2023 finals made history: the victories of Carlos Alcaraz and Marketa Vondrousova, the defeats of Novak Djokovic and Ons Jabeur. One of the great absentees from this edition of the London Sam was certainly the young British Emma Raducanu.
Emma's former coach, Nigel Sears, talked about Carlos Alcaraz's victory and Ons Jabeur's defeat in the Championships finals, during the Control the Controllables podcast. He explained: "In Carlos Alcaraz's case, he came through and his graph was almost vertical, so he was outstanding, absolutely outstanding as a young player.
His progress has been so rapid: slightly different from Ons Jabeur, she has been doing it for longe. She didn't immediately get to the top of the game. People said she has the ability and she is a talented player but it's only in the last couple of years Ons has really played at the top level.
Alcaraz has seemingly dominated at every stage he has been at. So, it's not a balanced equation there really. Yes, there is something genetic in Alcaraz that is very very special. I mean Ons is a wonderful player too, but this guy is out of this world."
Carlos Alcaraz ready for Toronto
Carlitos Alcaraz, fresh winner of the Wimbledon tournament, the second Slam of the Spaniard's short career, is ready to take the court on the US Open series events.
The number one in the world announced with a post on Instagram that he is already ready for his next commitment, the 1000 in Toronto, in which he will obviously be seeded number 1 and favorite, also given the absence of Novak Djokovic.
Alcaraz posted a photo during training with the caption: "Back on track! Getting ready for Canada!" In the last edition, when the tournament was played in Montreal, his run stopped in the second round against Tommy Paul.
The American won 6-7(4), 7-6(7), 6-3, beating the Spaniard then seeded number two. After the defeat, the youngster admitted he couldn't handle the pressure "I would say it was the first time I couldn't handle the pressure.
As the second seed and No. 4 in the world, it was the first time I felt this pressure and I couldn't control it," declared the Spaniard. Alcaraz will arrive in Canada with a completely different mood than last year, but with much more pressure, with the spotlights focus on its performance.
The opponents to beat will be the Russian Daniil Medvedev and the Italian Jannik Sinner. In Canada, in addition to the 23-time slam champion, the reigning champion Carreno Busta will also be missing, who has been out for some time due to some elbow problems.
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