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Alcaraz: “I can win a Grand Slam this year”

Winner of the Miami Masters 1000 on Sunday at just 18, Carlos Alcaraz told Marca in an interview that he was ready to win a Grand Slam tournament this year.

We already knew it very well, but Carlos Alcaraz took an even bigger step on Sunday by winning the Masters 1000 in Miami at 18 years and 333 days old, which makes him the third youngest player to have won a tournament this year. category, after Michael Chang (18 years and 157 days) in Toronto in 1990 and Rafael Nadal (18 years and 318 days) in Monte-Carlo in 2005. The Spaniard has climbed to 11th place in the world since Monday with this third victory in tournaments (after Umag in 2021 and Rio de Janeiro in 2022) and he does not intend to stop there.

Without false modesty, the native of Murcia confided in the columns of Brand on his lofty ambitions when asked if he was ready to win Roland-Garros: “I would say yes. I am prepared, I have the confidence, the level, the physical and the mental to be able to win. Maybe not Roland Garros, but a Grand Slam this year, I see myself well prepared. And I’m not afraid to say it. I know there are great players: there’s Rafa, Medvedev, Tsitsipas, Zverev, Djokovic… All the best and the favourites. But I feel ready to win one. I hope I will get there as soon as possible. »

“Every day, I put my brick in my wall”

Last year, Carlos Alcaraz, then 120th in the world, faced Rafael Nadal in Madrid on his 18th birthday, and lost 6-1, 6-2. The Spanish tennis prodigy used this defeat a lot for the future: “Last year, almost everything was new experiences. I had to go through it and experience certain things. Now I’m a totally different person and player. All the experiences I have had have allowed me to face the first semi-finals and final of a Masters 1000.”

In the process, he followed up with a victory at the Oeiras Challenger, a third round at Roland-Garros after qualifying, a defeat in the second round at Wimbledon against Medvedev, a victory at Umag, a semi-final at Winston-Salem, a quarter at the US Open, a semi-final in Vienna, this famous defeat in the round of 16 at Bercy against Hugo Gaston (6-4, 7-5 defeat after leading 5-0 in the second set), a victory at the NextGen Masters, a third round at the Australian Open, a victory in Rio, a semi-final in Indian Wells and therefore this triumph in Miami.

Carlos Alcaraz’s progression is linear and the result of constant work, as he explains in the interview: “Every day, I put my brick in my wall. I lay my brick in the best possible way. My physio Juanjo sent me a motivational video. The meaning was this: don’t try to make the wall bigger and more impressive, but try to lay your brick every day in the best possible way. That’s exactly what I do. » Next week, he will try to lay a new brick, towards Monte-Carlo, where he will be seeded n°7 and will have the pressure of being a Masters 1000 winner for the first time.

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