January 22, 2024
Carlos Alcaraz believes the defeated Brit, Cameron Norrie might have done him a favour by running Sascha Zverev so close.
The popular Wimbledon champion is in the Australian Open quarter-finals for the first time. And he got there in style, beating Miomir Kecmanovic 6-4, 6-4, 6-0.
Carlos Alcaraz is already something close to perfection. And we can expect more stunning fireworks from the young sensation at Wimbledon 2024.
Remember how Carlitos outlasted everyone at the All England Club last year? And Alcaraz is convinced he will have more left in the tank than his German opponent when it comes to their impending showdown in Australia.
Zverev beat Norrie 7-5, 3-6, 6-3, 4-6, 7-6 (10-3). Only Cam’s unforced errors at 6-5 up in the decider, followed by high-risk drop-shots in the breaker, cost him victory.
So It’s understandable that Alcaraz fancies his chances against Zverev.
He explained: ‘I think playing at this level I will have my chances. Sascha has played tough matches, two five setters, winning breakers in the fifth set. It’s going to be tough for him as well.
‘I remember he wasn’t one hundred per cent in the US Open. So I hope to play a really tough match against him. I will try to play my one hundred per cent best tennis. Let’s see what happens.’
Alcaraz couldn’t have been happier with his performance in the last sixteen.
He said: ‘I did almost everything perfectly. I’m really proud of my performance from the first ball to the last. Everything was working. I need to keep it like that. I’ve been working on keeping the same intensity all match.
‘I’m feeling better and better every day. Every time I play on Rod Laver I feel more comfortable and it’s a pleasure to play here. The people here in Melbourne are so kind and I’m enjoying playing in front of you.
‘I’m reaching my best level and I’m feeling at home, I always try to eat sushi too -it’s the right thing for me.’
When Carlos Alcaraz feels this good, the rest of the field had better watch out. Zverev will need the performance of a lifetime to beat him on Rod Laver.
Carlos Alcaraz will receive a champion’s welcome on Centre Court at the start of Wimbledon 2024 in a few months time.
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