After suffering in the first round against Jack Draper, the round of 16 of the 500 in Basel was decidedly different for Carlos Alcaraz who got rid of Botic Van De Zandschulp in 1 hour and 27 minutes with the final score of 6-4 6-2.
The Spanish player was much more consistent throughout the match and much more precise with his forehand, committing very few unforced errors and pushing the limits of perfection in the most pressing moments of the Round of 16 in Basel.
In the post-match, Alcaraz explained: «I want to be a great player and that is what makes the difference between good players and the best. To succeed in difficult times, in difficult times, you have to get the best out of one». shooting
In mine. opportunity to be aggressive, go to the net and make spectacular shots. That’s where I want to have fun, without feeling the pressure that comes with those points: I have fun and keep going, trying to play my best tennis.»
Alcaraz is satisfied with his initial approach
This is one of the keys that explain the triumph of the 19-year-old from Murcia. Another important issue was related to his start of the game where it was important not to lose focus.
He said: «We decided with my team that it was very important to start focused, without making many mistakes, controlling my shots and my movements on the court. I started quite well, I knew I had to do it, because Botic was playing very well, also serving very well. .
It is clear that I started serving very well, at the beginning I almost never missed my first serve. I would say that I was in control of the game, in general, and for that I am very satisfied with my performance today.»
Carlos Alcaraz thus reached the quarterfinals of the 500 indoor where he faced Pablo Carreño Busta in the Iberian derby, whom he beat Stricker in three sets.