After losing his opening match at the ATP Finals, Carlos Alcaraz talked openly about his lengthy conversation with Juan Carlos Ferrero. The Spaniard, who had lost his previous three matches following a setback to Alexander Zverev, acknowledged he was mentally tired at the beginning of the week. However, he recovered to win his next two games and advance to the semi-final after speaking with his coach.
On Saturday at the ATP Finals, Alcaraz and Novak Djokovic are going to face off in an exciting semifinal match. The 20-year-old admitted that after that game, he was mentally exhausted at the conclusion of a demanding season. Finally, Alcaraz has revealed details of a crucial conversation he had with his coach that altered his course in the competition.
Alcaraz expressed his thoughts and said: “I feel that I am playing at the same level that I’ve been playing for the first part of the year. I spoke with Juan Carlos after the first match about giving everything that I have in this tournament. It’s the last tournament of the year. It’s time to give my 100 percent and everything to these matches. I thought about it the day after the practice and, of course, the match against Rublev. It was pretty good.”
He added: “It doesn’t matter if I win or I lose; just think about enjoying the court, staying part of all the results, whether I qualify or not, just to put my own game on the court. If I win, it is good. But if I lost, it would be the same. I would say that was the key.”
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Carlos Alcaraz in 2023
Presently, during this year Alcaraz has managed to achieve a compiled 65-11 match record. The Spaniard clinched 6 titles in 2023 in Buenos Aires, Indian Wells, Barcelona, Madrid, London and Wimbledon. Carlos was the runner-up in Rio de Janeiro and Cincinnati.