Sunday begins Roland Garros and in the male box; Alcaraz and Djokovicc are two great favors. If everything goes according to plan, they will meet in the semifinals: “It’s crazy to see me as one seed in the number. grand slams. Let it still be. At the same time, the course is great. I’ve always worked very hard to be there, I’m very happy to be the first seed here at Roland Garros”, said the Spaniard in a press conference before the tournament, after losing Rome early in the morning he arrived rested and refreshed. It can be said that defeat did him goodn: “I was interrupted for a few days. I didn’t spend anything on them, just relaxing, spending time with family members, which was necessary,” he said. He relaxes first and then as he composes. “Then I spent five days at the Equelite Academy, at home something that helps me a lot. I need that intensity of training, as well as physical work, which I hardly had more than four days to train this year. It was just games and games. It’s great to be able to have this time to prepare for Roland Garros, with the preparation as good as I had in the last few days”, said Carlos Alcaraz.
The number is one; the wind, the rival that everyone fears, but everyone they want to beat. Alcaraz is different, although not much from the previous year:I’m a better player mentally. I can read what happened on the track much better than a year ago. For me, that’s really importantand I would say that the biggest difference compared to 2022″. and he is silent”, he acknowledged the beginnings. But, as he said, he matured:I learned from them the moments. I remember, eg, for the first time in Madrid against Nadal. It was really complicated. I can name you many more games where I didn’t feel comfortable at all in this kind of environment. I learned from it and now I always want to play in the best stadiums, in the best tournaments, to try to be comfortable. Now I feel great every time I’m in the big squares.
Rafa Nadal is one of the names of Roland Garros due to his absence. “I felt bad when I heard that he couldn’t play here and I’ll probably miss the rest of the year. Like I said before, you always want to see Rafa Nadal play. You always want to see the best players in the world in every tournament. Surely then you learn that it’s close, having him in the room, in the tournament itself, which when I heard is hard, I don’t know what the circuit will be. This year it will be without Rafa. I hope to see him next year and that he is 100% “Alcaraz asked.
Because he has a dream to be fulfilled and with Rafa Nadal. has“It would be a dream to play doubles with him in the Olympics. We’ll see. We have to see how he does and how he does, even this year. I hope well, obviously it will be a dream.
Finally, Alcaraz acknowledged that you have to learn from everything, even from the injury that he suffered at the beginning of 2023: “Those at the end of last year were the most difficult moments. I could not play the ATP finals, I could not play the Australian Open. Australia was the tournament that inspired me to to play. I thought he had a great opportunity in Australia to sign a big event. I was injured and needed four or five weeks to recover, it was difficult.” he acknowledged. But perhaps it is in those things that you learn the most. “At the same time, I’m a guy who tries to see the positive side of things.. It was time to prepare the rest of the time for everything to come. I’ve been exercising, I’m calm, even to increase my mental side and I’ve stayed positive in difficult moments. That helped me a lot to do well at the competitive level.”