Carlos Alcaraz 'stomachs' the defeat with impressive data on clay-courts


Carlos Alcaraz 'stomachs' the defeat with impressive data on clay-courts
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The defeat of Carlos Alcaraz in the semi-final of the Buenos Aires Open highlighted a period of crisis for the young Spanish star. But nevertheless, the tournament on the South American clay-courts has led Carlitos to have sensational numbers on this surface, considering his young age.

Since July 2021, the player from Murcia has won 59 times in a total of 67 matches played, spread across 15 tournaments played, on clay courts.

Impressive data that testifies to how much the former ATP No.1 is particularly familiar with these courts. Alcaraz then reached the final in 10 clay-court tournaments, winning 7 titles on this surface. Additionally, Carlitos has won at least one set in 66 of his last 67 games. Strip that was interrupted right in Buenos Aires.

Carlos Alcaraz, Buenos Aires 2024
Carlos Alcaraz, Buenos Aires 2024© Marcelo Endelli / Stringer - Getty Images Sport

The disappointing elimination in Buenos Aires

Alcaraz was eliminated in the semifinals of the ATP 250 tournament in Buenos Aires by Chilean Nicolas Jarry. In the press conference, the Spanish tennis player did not make excuses and underlined the aspects on which he must improve.

In particular he spoke about concentration and the way to play important points.

"For me it was a difficult defeat, it hurt a lot. There are many things to improve. The level must rise, I played good tennis but far from my real level. I prepared well, physically I feel good, but these types of defeats hurt, you have to know how to read the games better and move forward from there, there is no other choice. It was a complicated tournament.

It's the first clay court tournament in a long time, I felt good at the tennis level but I played against quite uncomfortable players. Today it was difficult to get into the game with Jarry. I had many opportunities that I didn't take advantage of.

And when you waste them against players like Jarry, it costs you dearly. There are great expectations on me, continued the Spanish tennis player, and in the tournaments I go to, people think that I have to win every match and in the end this is tennis, there are many players who have a high level.

I have to improve, I have to make better use of certain moments, on break points for example. The positive thing is that I have many things to improve. I need to be able to read the games better. For me the theme of concentration is fundamental. My level of play is based on concentration, in these matches I have had several ups and downs that I can't afford," he explained.

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