Monday, January 30, 2023

‘Mature’ Carlos Alcaraz says he is ready for the big league


FILE PHOTO: Tennis – ATP Masters 1000 – Madrid Open – Caja Magica, Madrid, Spain – Could 7, 2022 Spain’s Carlos Alcaraz Garfia celebrates successful his semi ultimate match in opposition to Serbia’s Novak Djokovic REUTERS/Isabel Infantes

Carlos Alcaraz is now not permitting nerves to get the higher of him and mentioned that he is ready to often go toe-to-toe with the high gamers after the Spaniard rallied previous world primary Novak Djokovic to achieve the Madrid Open ultimate on Saturday.

The 19-year-old prevailed 6-7(5) 7-5 7-6(5) over the Serbian in an absorbing contest that lasted greater than three hours, changing into the first participant to beat Djokovic and Rafa Nadal at the similar claycourt occasion.

Alcaraz was ranked 120 in the world only a 12 months in the past however has climbed into the high 10 on the again of three titles this season.

Requested what was totally different about his sport now, Alcaraz mentioned: “I might say that I’m extra mature to handle the robust moments, the nerves, every thing. I imply, to handle every thing on courtroom. Properly, I believe I’m able to play lengthy rallies.”

In a see-saw conflict that would have gone both manner, Alcaraz used his aggression to nice impact as he smashed a sequence of winners previous Djokovic in the tie-break to take the match and arrange a gathering with Alexander Zverev on Sunday.

“As I’ve all the time mentioned, it’s important to attempt to go for the match. In these decisive moments is while you see the good gamers and the high gamers, I need to make a distinction on that,” added Alcaraz, who will transfer as much as sixth when the new rankings are launched on Monday.

“I really feel ready to compete in opposition to them (Djokovic and Nadal) in each single event, on each single floor. In a Grand Slam, it’s fully totally different. I believe that when it’s important to play best-of-five units… however I believe that I’m ready.”

Victory in opposition to Zverev will give Alcaraz a second ATP Masters 1000 crown following his triumph in Miami earlier this 12 months.

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