Alcaraz beats Sinner and reveals: "You have to find joy in suffering to win"

The Spanish tennis player analyzed the victory in 5 sets against his Italian rival, which allows him to reach the Roland Garros final

by Lorenzo Ciotti
Alcaraz beats Sinner and reveals: "You have to find joy in suffering to win"
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"You have to find joy in suffering, this is the key. Even more so on clay and at Roland Garros, with long rallies and matches that can last up to 4 hours of play. As I have often said to my team, you have to like suffering."

Interviewed by Alex Corretja at the end of the hard-fought semifinal won in 5 sets against Jannik Sinner, the new finalist Carlos Alcaraz analyzed the match against the Italian, explaining how much one has to suffer in these matches with very high stakes. It was a great physical and mental battle and rightly, in the end, the best, most complete and strongest player won. Three Slam finals on three different surfaces are no coincidence.

Jannik Sinner and Carlos Alcaraz
Jannik Sinner and Carlos Alcaraz© Dan Istitene / Staff Getty Images Sport

Among the crucial moments of the semi-final were the cramps suffered by the Italian in a finger of his right hand during the third set which was however torn from the Spaniard.

"I saw that he was struggling, we both had cramps. I learned from last year when I faced Nole here in Paris: you have to know how to wait for him to pass and in the meantime fight, perhaps trying to shorten the exchanges. In the last two set the level has risen so much, I am very satisfied with what I was able to do. To the Spaniards who are here, thank you very much for being there. It is a great privilege to play a match like this on this pitch and I look forward to seeing you all final," he told.

Carlos Alcaraz
Carlos Alcaraz© Tim Goode / Stringer Getty Images Sport

Alcaraz has guaranteed himself a place in the Roland Garros final, the one that eluded him already in 2023 due to cramps against Novak Djokovic. Sinner lacked physical energy in the clutch moments of the match. Alcaraz is now ahead in head-to-head matches against the Italian, against whom he has won the last two consecutive matches (the other was in Indian Wells).

"The toughest matches I have played in my so far short career were against Jannik Sinner, at the US Open in 2022 and today. This shows what a great player he is, with a fantastic team behind him. I hope to play many more matches like these against about him," told Carlitos, praising his rival.

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