Alcaraz rips to Tsitsipas' complaint: "He can think what he wants"

The Spanish tennis player responded to the Greek's complaints after their Roland Garros quarterfinal match

by Lorenzo Ciotti
Alcaraz rips to Tsitsipas' complaint: "He can think what he wants"
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Still controversy at the Roland Garros 2024! The quarterfinal match between Carlos Alcaraz and Stefanos Tsitsipas experienced a moment of tension in the second set, during the tie-break, when the Greek complained to the chair umpire about the screams emitted by his rival after each shot, according to him too intense and noisy.

"I never complain about this but it's frustrating, right before I hit I still hear him grunting," Tsitispas explained.

Stefanos Tsitsipas & Carlos Alcaraz, Roland Garros 2024
Stefanos Tsitsipas & Carlos Alcaraz, Roland Garros 2024© Clive Mason / Staff - Getty Images Sport

Alcaraz wanted to delve deeper into the discussion and tell his version of events after the clear victory achieved with a score of 6-3, 7-6(3), 6-4, despite Tsitsipas downplaying the incident by praising the Spaniard with beautiful words at the press conference,

"I'm very happy to return to play in the semi-finals of this tournament. I think I'll get there with more confidence after the good match I played today against Stefanos. I heard his complaints about my screaming for too long during the tie-break rallies. He's free to think what he wants, but I can say that I didn't prolong it any longer than normal and that I had no intention of disturbing him," said the Spaniard.

Carlos Alcaraz, Roland Garros 2024
Carlos Alcaraz, Roland Garros 2024© Clive Mason / Staff - Getty Images Sport

Meanwhile, the semi-final between Alcaraz and Jannik Sinner will be played next Friday on Court Philippe-Chatrier. When asked specifically by Mats Wilander at the on-court interview, Alcaraz said he was happy to have Jannik Sinner on the tour.

"I'm happy to have him at this level because thanks to him I push myself to be better, I have the motivation to become a better player, to give 100% every day, to wake up in the morning to improve my game and to try to beat him. I'm very happy that things are going so well for him, we've had impressive games between us and I know it will be difficult on Friday," analyzed Carlitos.

Carlos Alcaraz and Jannik Sinner
Carlos Alcaraz and Jannik Sinner© Matthew Stockman / Staff Getty Images Sport

Both Sinner and Alcaraz did not take any particular risks on the day of the quarter-finals. The Italian tennis player beat Grigor Dimitrov 3 sets to zero in the afternoon. While Alcaraz always got the better of Stefanos Tsitsipas in three sets, always keeping the match under control. Now the two players have two days of rest, Wednesday and Thursday, before the semi-final.

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