09/06/2021 at 06:00 CEST
The young Spanish tennis player Carlos Alcaraz, number 55 in the world, who this Sunday made his first pass to a quarterfinal of a Grand slam after beating German Peter Gojowczyk 5-7, 6-1, 5-7, 6-2 and 6-0, 141 in the ATP classification, claimed that his classification is not the product of chance, but of his good tennis.
“The truth is that I am an ambitious boy, who always wants more and, therefore, being in the quarterfinals right now is something incredible. I did not expect to be in this position, but I believe in myself, in my game and in how I am performing on the field “said Alcaraz, who needed three hours and 31 minutes to win.
In this sense, Alcaraz, who was born the same day that his coach Juan Carlos Ferrero placeholder image reached the final of the Open, in 2003, said that “Thinking about it a little cold, I could be here right now, perfectly, in this Grand Slam and in those to come.”
The Spanish player insisted that he felt very confident before reaching the Open And, that, has had an impact, has been reflected in the way things are going in Flushing Meadows.
Stressed that Friday’s game against Stefanos (Tsitsipas) gave him a lot of confidence and highlighted that his rival, like him, seeks to win. “You have to do your best if you want to win and forget about the previous one,” he added.
Nor does he give greater importance to the fact that he is now the fourth youngest finalist of the Open Era., since 1968, although he recognized that it was good data.
“The truth is that they impress a little, but they would be nothing if then you don’t get to where the best players in history have done, but always thinking that you are the one who must follow the path to reach the dream goal, which is the most important thing, “reflected Alcaraz, the only Spanish player of the 12 who entered the tournament’s main draw.
Alcaraz, who admitted that he had not enjoyed the match as much as in the third round, when he gave the great surprise of beating Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas, third favorite of the tournament, He said his philosophy on the field never changes.
Again, when asked about the references he has as a tennis player and, specifically, about the figures of Rafael Nadal and Ferrero, Alcaraz insisted that all good tennis players for him are valid, but, as is logical, the Spanish champions, who have always been closer in their sporting growth, have a great influence.
“I love watching videos of both, but most of all I love watching tennis, as much as I can. I’ve seen videos of Juan Carlos, but millions of Rafa with the only philosophy of trying to learn to the fullest, but above all new things, “said Alcaraz.
Alcaraz also said that his motto every time he is next to the great figures, as it happens with Nadal, is that of “Try to speak little and listen a lot, which is when good things are received.”
As for his next rival, while Alcaraz gave the press conference, in the center court Arthur Ashe Stadium American Frances Tiafoe and young Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime, 21, had a great duel to decide.