Top coach praises Carlos Alcaraz's physical ability

Top trainer praises Carlos Alcaraz’s physical ability

An endless chain of records. Carlos Alcaraz has not only become the youngest number one in tennis history. At nineteen years and four months he’s also secured a place in the top 10 for earliest major triumphs – joining an exceptional group – but over the course of 2022 he’s also become: the youngest winner of the Masters 1000 in Madrid and Miami, the youngest in history to beat both Nadal and Djokovic, the youngest champion of a 500 event but also the youngest to win at Flushing Meadows since Pete Sampras in 1990.

That’s all? Not yet. In the Slam tournaments, the Spanish phenomenon has managed to add the first pearl to his collection in the ninth participation of his career. The first glance fell on the past season and the outstanding victory over Stefanos Tsitsipas in the round of 16 before his elimination against Felix Auger Aliassime.

First round loss in the 2020 cadet draw, compared to the 2021 Australian Open debut. There Alcaraz had made the cut in the qualifying stage, played in a totally unprecedented manner in Abu Dhabi, before losing to Mikael Ymer in the second round.

The same dynamic in Paris, although after qualifying it was Jan-Lennard Struff who ended the Spaniard’s adventure on lap three. Precedents: Nadal, Djokovic and Federer. After the third round at Melbourne Park 2022, the quarter-finals in Paris and the round of 16 at Wimbledon, the Spaniard ended a two-week run of three consecutive fifth-set matches (with Cilic, Sinner and Tiafoe) with a win.

Alcaraz won the US Open 2022

Patrick Mouratoglou has revealed three main reasons for Carlos Alcaraz’ rapid rise. “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 Alcaraz’s physical ability, citing 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.

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