Carlos Alcaraz convinced he ‘can become a great player on grass’ after Wimbledon experience
Carlos Alcaraz believes he could be ‘a great player on grass’ after getting a taste for the surface at Wimbledon.
This year was just the second grass court tournament he has ever played at ATP level or above, and he came into it admittedly not knowing what he could achieve.
In the end, he got to the fourth round before being sent home by the excellent Jannik Sinner, but he leaves completely convinced he can become a force in the future at Wimbledon.
“I felt really good here at Wimbledon playing on grass,” Alcaraz told reporters. “I got a lot of experience playing on grass. Now I’m thinking that I could be a great player on grass.
“Next year I hope to play some tournaments before Wimbledon to adapt my game to get more used to playing here. But I would say I’m going to be a great player here on grass.”
“I hope to play more tournaments. I hope to play more matches on grass before Wimbledon next year to prepare well this Grand Slam, this beautiful Grand Slam.
“Even if I didn’t play this year a tournament before, I felt really well. I felt that I had chances to do well here in Wimbledon.
Carlos Alcaraz struggled to settle on Centre Court, with Jannik Sinner dominating him in the first two sets.
It was a situation eerily reminiscent of the Spaniard’s exit from Roland Garros earlier this year, when it was Zverev who eased to victory after racing into a two-set lead against him.
That, he admits, is something he needs to really improve if he is to start winning majors.
“Obviously start two sets to love in a Grand Slam is a handicap,” Alcaraz said. “Is tough to come back.
“I tried to get better in the third and the fourth, but obviously Jannik was better than me. I didn’t take my chances in the fourth. A lot of break points.
“Starting like this, as I said in Roland Garros, starting like this against one of the best player in the world here in a Grand Slam, it’s tough to come back then.
“I’m trying to improve that for the next Grand Slams, to start better the matches.”
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