Carlos Alcaraz couldn’t handle the pressure of the game and number 2 in a Masters 1000 tournament. He himself confirmed it in the press conference following his debut in Canadian competition. In Montreal, the first upset was undoubtedly the departure of the Spaniard, who was defeated 6-7 7-6 6-3 by solid American Tommy Paul, who didn’t give up even after completing a set.
and a break against it. The world number 4. appeared at the press conference and said: “I always say that the first matches are never easy. Changing rubbers is certainly not easy, but I think Paul played a very good challenge and deserved the win.
The only thing I can say is that I have to learn the lessons from this game,” he commented. Then he underlined: “I couldn’t show my best level here. In the first rounds, like this one, you have to play against yours fight opponents and yourself.
It wasn’t easy to deal with those moments when I wasn’t playing at my best level. It was a fight against myself.” Alcaraz had a chance in the second set when he led 4-1 and seemed to be in control: “I had my chances, like at the beginning of the second set or with that match point in the second set .
Break, but I made a lot of mistakes. He played very well in those difficult moments and served me well throughout the game. I think everything was a mix, I didn’t perform well and he played very well,” he explained.
“Right now I’m angry. I also had my chances to break him early in the third set. I dominated those points but I made bad decisions. That frustrated me. It’s true that at the end of the game that was the stage I played best on.
I’m furious that I couldn’t get my tennis out for the rest of the game,” he continued in front of the media. Finally, the incredible revelation: “For the first time, I couldn’t take the pressure.”
Tommy Paul praises Carlos Alcaraz
A few hours after admitting he had played the best tennis of his life following his consecutive win over Carlos Alcaraz, now quarterfinal-qualified Tommy Paul returned to the indecent speed of movement in the second round of the Masters 1000 in Montreal this Wednesday young Spaniard back.
“Yes, it was definitely a very enjoyable game. There was no real drop in level throughout the match, it was just a lot of fun to be on the pitch. Carlos Alcaraz is a super nice boy, a great athlete win or lose so I think we just enjoyed being on the pitch.
He was so quick on the pitch…I can’t believe he was that quick. I knew it was him, but he hit balls that nobody else hits on the track.”