Carlos Alcaraz: 'I grew up so fast'

“I grew up so fast”

An almost different Carlos Alcaraz than at the last press conference was shown at the Media Day of the Masters 1000 in Montreal. The Spaniard was honest in front of the journalists and explained how the results obtained at 19 exceeded all his expectations.

It’s no small feat and has never been told before by the Iberian who has had to tame the pressure of being number two in the Canadian peloton. The fourth in the world rankings has two wins in this tournament category, namely Miami and Madrid, as well as a semi-final in Indian Wells.

Surprising figures for trained talent Juan Carlos Ferrero, who of course wants to continue and will do the same between the Canadian city and Cincinnati that is scheduled for next week. Alcaraz said of recent achievements: “I’ve grown very quickly.

Achieving a Masters 1000 as a second seed is something incredible, which I certainly didn’t expect earlier this year. To be honest I don’t believe it now. 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 ahead of his long-awaited debut.

The Spaniard will be playing on three different surfaces in no time as he transitions 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 really changed a lot lately changes.

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

The Murcian now faces the winner of the challenge between Tommy Paul and Vasek Pospisil, two rivals not to be underestimated on his debut. Meanwhile, the player enjoyed a training session with Jannik Sinner himself on Sunday, whom he could face again in the semifinals.

Alcaraz is a young champion

Carlos Alcaraz, who is the fourth-biggest player in the world after a stunning first part of the season (only six losses for six finals played and four titles won), is therefore number two in a Masters 1000 for the first time in his career thanks to combined absences Rafael Nadal and Alexander Zverev.

A new status that’s a little hard for him to digest. “I grew up so quickly. I still can’t believe I’m seeded number two in a Masters 1000, it’s amazing and I wasn’t expecting it at the beginning of the year. And honestly, I still can’t believe it right now.

It’s something I wanted at the beginning of the year but I didn’t think it was possible yet,” said Carlos, before speaking about his hard training of the tournament to get used to those pitches. I played points and sets with the best players here.”

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