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‘I grew up so fast’

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A Carlos Alcaraz almost different from the one in the last press conferences appeared at the Media Day of the Masters 1000 in Montreal. The Spaniard was honest before the journalists and explained how the results obtained at 19 years of age exceed all his expectations.

It is no small feat and has never before been told by the Iberian, who has had to tame the pressure of being the number two seed in the Canadian main draw. The fourth in the world ranking has two wins in this category of tournaments, namely Miami and Madrid, and a semifinal in Indian Wells.

Surprising numbers for the trained talent Juan Carlos Ferrero, who naturally wants to continue and do the same between the Canadian city and Cincinnati, scheduled for next week. Alcaraz said of recent achievements: “I have grown very fast.

Reaching a Masters 1000 as the second seed is something incredible, which I certainly did not expect at the beginning of the year. Honestly, now I don’t believe it. It’s something I’ve wanted since the beginning of the season, to be at the top and, of course, to be one of the favorites to win the most important tournaments”, he said before his long-awaited debut.

The Spaniard will be playing on three different surfaces in no time, as he moves from Wimbledon (grass) to clay court competitions in Europe (Hamburg and Umag), before flying to North America for the cement part of the year: “I’ve changed a lot lately.

I do a specific job to find the right sensations in each one of them”, emphasizes the young tennis player. A phrase to conclude his speech:” I am Carlitos Alcaraz and I will always be the same “, he concluded with these simple words.

The Murcian now awaits the winner of the challenge between Tommy Paul and Vasek Pospisil, two rivals who should not be underestimated in his debut. Meanwhile, the player enjoyed a training session on Sunday with Jannik Sinner himself, who he could meet again in the semi-finals.

Alcaraz is a young champion

Now 4th player in the world after a breathtaking first part of the season (only six defeats for six finals disputed and four titles won), Carlos Alcaraz is therefore seeded number two in a Masters 1000 for the first time in his career thanks to combined absences by Rafael Nadal and Alexander Zverev.

A new status that he has a little trouble digesting. “I grew up so fast. I still can’t believe I’m seeded number two in a Masters 1000, it’s unbelievable and I didn’t expect it at the start of the year. And honestly, I still can’t believe it right now.

It’s something I wanted at the start of the year, but I didn’t think it was possible yet,” said Carlos before discussing his hard training. “I did specific work to adapt to the hard and I came here several days before the start of the tournament to get used to these courts. I played points and sets with the best players here.”


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