Mats Wilander believes that Carlos Alcaraz needs to play fewer dropshots when he has a big lead and he needs to practice finding ways to get off the court as quickly as possible when he has a big lead. On Thursday, third-seeded Alcaraz defeated Federico Coria 6-2, 6-1, 7-5 to advance to the third round of the US Open.
Alcaraz was up by two sets and a 4-1 lead in the third set as it looked like he would easily get the job done in three sets. But Coria refused to give up as she broke Alcaraz and even had five break points in the ninth game, which could have given her a 5-4 lead and a chance to serve for the third set.
However, Alcaraz was able to hold serve and break Coria in game 12, when the Argentine was serving to stay in the match.
Wilander to Alcaraz: Practice trying to get off the court as fast as possible
«When you look at it from the outside I think it’s that [lack of concentration]but he says that Coria was playing very well.
It’s easier to play really well when you’re down two sets and down 4-1. You’re taking big risks,» Wilander told Eurosport. «Throw a drop shot here and there, sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t.
I just think at this stage in his career he needs to practice trying to get off the floor as fast as possible. Maybe play aggressive, but drop shots to shoot. I’m really scared of people taking too many drop shots.
As you know, it’s not necessarily a decision that you make here, it’s a decision that you make with your arm sometimes and you think ‘My God, why did I drop shot?’ I don’t want it to stop completely because I love watching him play because of the drop shots, so it’s a catch-22.» In the third round of the US Open, Alcaraz plays Jenson Brooksby.