ANDhe young man from Murcia Carlos Alcarazthe emerging value of national and world tennis, has valued this Monday what has been done by Rafael Nadal at Roland Garros and in his extensive and successful career and has come to say that he has “a thousand lives” and that “there is a player for a while” with the Mallorcan, who in Paris, At 36 years old, yesterday he added his fourteenth title and twenty-second Grand Slam.
Alcaraz, 19 years old and who this Monday appears seventh in the world ranking -he has dropped one position-, has made those statements in the inauguration of a graffiti that has been dedicated to him in El Palmar, his town, an act in which he has been acclaimed. “All the affection I receive is inexplicable and it is something wonderful,” he pointed out.
After said inauguration, the Murcian has referred to the final that Nadal won this Sunday by 6-3, 6-3 and 6-0 against the Norwegian Casper Ruud.
I am focused on Wimbledon as of today and I still doubt whether to be in Queens to prepare it or go directly to the Grand Slam
“Rafa has a thousand lives and there is Nadal for a while. At 19 years old he already won Roland Garros and he already has 14 titles in Paris. He, with the age that I am now, had already won the first and, therefore, I am a little late”, he commented between the laughs of those present, while highlighting “the fight and dedication” of the Balearic whose last final he followed closely.
In addition, he has had words for the German alexander zverevwho eliminated him in the quarterfinals, and then fell injured in the semifinals precisely against Nadal, forcing him to leave.
“He was being a great game and I was shocked to see on television the way he sprained his ankle. I hope he comes back soon because tennis needs Zverev“, has declared.
Next time I will have more experience and I hope that this will help me not to make the mistakes I had at this Roland Garros
Alcaraz is already thinking about Wimbledon grass.
“I’m focused on that tournament today and I still doubt whether I’ll be in Queens to prepare it or go directly to the Grand Slam,” he said and acknowledged that not vary your work schedule too much, but start exercising “earlier to avoid the heat”.
In Paris, Alcaraz equaled his top in a ‘major’ and hopes to improve himself in the next opportunities that come his way.
“It is the second time that I have reached the quarterfinals in a Grand Slam tournament and the first time that I was able to finish this round and playing at a good level,” he acknowledged, recalling that in the 2021 United States Open he also won four matches of the final frame to fall in the fifth against the Canadian Flix Auger-Aliassimeretiring due to injury.
“Next time I will have more experience and I hope that will help me not to make the mistakes I had in this Roland Garros“, he added.
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