'Carlos Alcaraz Fights With A Smile', Says Former No.1

‘Carlos Alcaraz fights with a smile,’ says former No.1


Juan Carlos Ferrero is the intellectual author of the success of Carlos Alcaraz. The former Spanish tennis player was happy with the progress that his pupil has shown and acknowledged that he is not surprised by what he is achieving with everything and that he is only 19 years old.

“I think it was born for this type of tournament, for this type of match. Since I started working with him, I saw different things than children his age. And I still see them when I see him play. He is a great competitor.

He never stops trying. We have been able to see it in his last matches, with (Marin) Cilic, (Jannik) Sinner or (Frances) Tiafoe, he never gives up”, commented the “mosquito” after Alcaraz’s defeat in the US Open final against Casper Ruud. .

The former world number one ruled out being surprised to see Carlitos win his first Grand Slam title. “I know the level of him. Obviously, everything comes very quickly. It may come as a surprise to everyone except me, because I train with him every day and I know what he is capable of.

I was sure that if it wasn’t this year, it could have been 2023. It’s been now, very happy about it.» Finally, he spoke about the regularity that is now the goal in Alcaraz’s career: “I would love it.

I said in an interview the other day that Sinner and Alcaraz can dominate the tour for the next 10 years because of the level they played at. There are more players, like Zverev, Thiem, Casper or Tsitsipas. With all due respect, that’s what I think.»

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Alcaraz won the 2022 US Open on Sunday

Special advisor to the newspaper L’Équipe during the fortnight of the US Open, Mats Wilander tried to dissect what makes Carlos Alcaraz such a special player.

And according to the Swede, the 19-year-old Spaniard is a combination of Federer, Nadal and Djokovic. “Carlos is the product of Roger (Federer), Rafa (Nadal) and Novak (Djokovic). He grew up watching them on television. He takes from Rafa the passion and love for competition.

His artistic side is taken from Roger, the drops, the serve and the volley, etc. And he takes from Novak his flexibility and quality of movement from him. I’m not sure he moves better than Novak, but he’s faster. Despite everything, his passion is different from Rafa’s: he fights with a smile.

We have never seen that! Perhaps with Gustavo Kuerten, but differently… Try more redemptions than any great player has ever tried. In truth, it is a product of a sport that belongs to Roger, Rafa and Novak. I thought Stefanos Tsitsipas could be that product. Carlos Alcaraz took it even further.»

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