Carlos Alcaraz rips the Miami balls: "One day fast, one day slow, it's strange"

At the press conference after beating Roberto Carballes Baena, the young Spaniard analyzed the playing conditions in Miami Open

by Lorenzo Ciotti
Carlos Alcaraz rips the Miami balls: "One day fast, one day slow, it's strange"
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In the usual post-match press conference, Carlos Alcaraz revealed the sensations he had during the match he dominated and won the straight sets against his countryman Roberto Carballes Baena.

Carlitos showed his usual modesty and his genuine way of doing things, praising the performances offered by Baena, but he also focused on the difficult playing conditions in Miami, due to a borderline climatic situation.

"It was difficult to adapt my game to these conditions, I think of the humidity, the heavy court situation and the balls, let's say a bit of everything. Overall though I think I did quite well and I'm happy with my performance. It ended 6-2 6-1 but the defense seemed much longer, I had the impression that it was a three set match but I'm happy with the way I hit the ball. We hope to continue on this path," he explained.

Regarding the words of a very different playing surface compared to Indian Wells, Alcaraz explained his analysis.

"I agree with Andy Murray and although the court remains fast the balls seem to go slow. One day I see the balls going very fast and the other very slow, it's strange and it's crazy. It's hard to adjust to all of this," he said.

Carlitos then praised Baena: "I have a slightly different style than my compatriots, compared to Carballes I am more aggressive and my ball goes faster.
I like that I can do many different things on the court and perhaps this was the main difference. Obviously it's something that depends from tennis player to tennis player,"
he said.

Murray said that he smiles when he sees his matches, journalists present at the press conference noted. Carlos responded how this praise for him from Murray is fantastic.

"These words are fantastic. I play for myself and the team but I like to see that people enjoy watching my games. Then if a legend like Andy says something like that, well it's really crazy for me. He saw so many champions and so much tennis and his words are something great for me," told Alcaraz.

After the victory in the ATP Masters 1000 in Indian Wells, Carlos Alcaraz dreams of conquering the Sunshine Double, a feat that would be almost heroic given the age of the young Iberian talent, and he also started the Miami Open with a victory.

The Spaniard's numbers are constantly growing and the difficulties of the last few months are now behind him. Even in Miami the first match was dominated. Carlos left only three games to countryman Roberto Carballes Baena, beating him 6-2-6-1, a result that doesn't leave much room for interpretation.

Now for him there will be an evocative and very entertaining match with the French tennis player Gael Monfils, fresh from his victory over Jordan Thompson.

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Alcaraz dreams of completing the Sunshine Doubles

This year it will be Carlos Alcaraz who will have the great chance of joining the select club of players who have completed the Sunshine Doubles. The Spaniard tried already in 2023, when he won the title at the BNP Paribas Open but surrendered in the semi-final to Jannik Sinner at the Miami Open.

Iga Swiatek, for his part, will try to obtain the second Sunshine Double in his career after the one recorded in 2022.

"For me it would be incredible. Not many tennis players have managed to complete the Sunshine Double," explained Alcaraz to ATP.

"Very few players have achieved this and for me it would be something very big to be one of the tennis players capable of winning the Masters 1000 in Indian Wells and Miami in the same year. So I will try and I can't really wait to start here in Miami. Obviously I will fight to reach the goal," said the Spaniard.

Only eleven players in the history of men's and women's tennis have been able to complete the famous Sunshine Double. Winning at Indian Wells and Miami in the same year is a feat reserved for few athletes. Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, Pete Sampras, Andre Agassi, Jim Courier, Michael Chang, Marcelo Rios, Iga Swiatek, Steffi Graf, Kim Clijsters and Victoria Azarenka are the tennis players who have added this milestone.

The ruler of the Sunshine Double is certainly Djokovic, capable of triumphing in Indian Wells and Miami in the same season four times, including three consecutively between 2014 and 2016. In 2011, the first year in which he achieved the historic double, the Serbian he defeated Rafael Nadal in both finals.Thompson.

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