Last Sunday, Carlos Alcaraz won the 2022 US Open. The 19-year-old Spaniard claimed his first Grand Slam title by beating Casper Ruud in four sets at Arthur Ashe Stadium. Thanks to this triumph, Juan Carlos Ferrero’s protégé became the youngest number 1 in men’s tennis history.
Regardless of the outcome of the upcoming tournaments, 2022 will be remembered as the year of the “Carlitos” explosion. Before his incredible success in New York, the Murcian champion had won two Masters 1000 (Miami and Madrid) and two ATP 500 (Rio and Barcelona).
“I didn’t expect to achieve similar results at 19,” admitted the Iberian at a press conference. “After winning the Masters 1000 in Miami, I realized that it didn’t take much to get a Grand Slam.
I’ve worked a lot in the last few months and learned to deal with the pressure. I hadn’t felt good in Montreal and Cincinnati, I had lost my smile. Luckily I found it in the Big Apple. Patrick Mouratoglou analyzed Alcaraz’s rise in detail in a video posted on Instagram.
Mouratoglou praises Alcaraz
“The first to impress the most in his mental toughness, that’s incredible. All those expectations on his shoulders, the number one ranking, the first Grand Slam, having to save match points, being physically exhausted and being able to deliver those conditions.” , he said.
The France coach then turned to Carlos Alcaraz’s physical ability, noting the Spaniard’s “intensity” and “explosiveness” with every shot. “The second is his physical ability. The intensity combined with explosiveness, the way he hits the ball with so much force with every single shot,” he said.
“And number three is how complete his game is. No weaknesses, great from far behind the baseline, great from close to the baseline, 30% of the shot he hits is inside the baseline, great at net. Developing all this at the age of 19 is incredible,” he added.
The 19-year-old didn’t disappoint when he won his maiden Grand Slam title at this year’s US Open. He put on a striking display throughout the tournament to emerge victorious. After his exploits at Flushing Meadows, Alcaraz received praise from former world No. 1 Novak Djokovic.
The 21-time Grand Slam champion took to Instagram to praise Alcaraz for his brilliant performance in winning the US Open title. Djokovic shared a picture of Alcaraz lifting the US Open trophy and said: “Congratulations @carlitosalcarazz on your first Grand Slam. Wonderful performance”.