Carlos Alcaraz's bitter confession: "I have lost confidence in recent months"

The young Spaniard analyzed his current moment, during his last press conference at Indian Wells

by Lorenzo Ciotti
Carlos Alcaraz's bitter confession: "I have lost confidence in recent months"
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The post-victory sparkling wine bubbles at Wimbledon tasted bittersweet for Carlos Alcaraz. The young Spanish champion was the ruler of spring-summer 2023.

From the triumph at Indian Wells to the second Slam title at Wimbledon: it seemed that Carlitos would break the world and immediately take over the legacy of the Big 3. So it wasn't . Novak Djokovic took back the stage, by force, as only he can do. Then came Jannik Sinner, who from the second half of 2023 until the sumptuous first months of 2024 showed unparalleled technical, physical and mental maturation, becoming, at the moment, the man to beat.

Now Carlitos is trying to find himself, after months of chiaroscuro, months of almost crisis.

Alcaraz is trying to find himself at the BNP Paribas Open, finding one of the best performances of the season in Indian Wells, beating Felix Auger-Aliassime 6-2, 6-3.

"I felt really good on the court. I expressed a really high level, much higher than in the first round. I hope to continue to raise the level more and more," explaind Alcaraz at the press conference.

The Spaniard will face Fabian Marozsan in the round of 16, who defeated Thiago Seyboth Wild in straight sets in just over an hour. It is impossible to forget the victory obtained by the Hungarian against the Spaniard at the Internazionali BNL d'Italia, in the only previous match played between the two.

"After that defeat I had bad feelings. I wanted to face him again. I can't wait to do it in this tournament," said Carlitos.

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Carlos Alcaraz© Clive Brunskill / Staff Getty Images Sport

Alcaraz: "I lost confidence in the last few months"

At the press conference, Alcaraz tried to describe the effects the last few months have had on him. The former world number one won his last title at Wimbledon and, despite having already exceeded all expectations considering his age, he felt extra pressure for overall positive results, such as the quarter-finals reached in Australia.

"It's been a difficult few months for me, I lost a bit of confidence. Not after the Australian Open, but during the South American trip. After Buenos Aires I didn't play good tennis. I fought in every training session to keep my confidence high.

Today was a really good match: from the first to the last point unlike the debut. It will be very helpful for my confidence and my tennis. Defending a title is important. The first thing you have to do if you want to defend the title is to forget that you won the previous year.

It's about being yourself, being 100% every day if you want to achieve good results. I don't think about defending the title, I'm focused on the things to improve in the match," he analyzed.

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