The Murcian explains that his intention was to go on the attack in the final ‘tie-break’: “It’s what makes the difference in the great players”
Carlos Alcaraz was very satisfied this Saturday after beating Novak Djokovic (6-7, 7-5, 7-6) in an epic semifinal at the Madrid Masters. «I am very happy to beat Rafa and the number one in the world. It gives me a lot of confidence ahead of Sunday’s final,” said Alcaraz, who also knocked down the Spanish tennis legend on Friday.
In a marathon match of 3 hours and 35 minutes, Alcaraz assured that he made the most of “the opportunities to the maximum” and that “the key has been to be constant”. Although he lost the first set, the young man from Murcia stated that “he had been matched, he had been close and he knew and was going to have my chances.”
“At the end of the first set I thought I had to continue because I was going to have my chances,” added Alcaraz. The Spanish tennis player, just turned 19, is surprising, but keeps his feet on the ground. “I am not going to say that I am the best. I have eight players ahead of me to be the best in the world,” Alcaraz said.
“The best in the world is Djokovic because he is the one in the classification, but both (with Nadal) are among the best in history and I don’t know how to say who is better,” he said. In the tie-break, Alcaraz assured that his intention was to go on the attack. “It is what makes the difference in the great players and I also want to differentiate myself in that at those moments what I want to go for the match”, he assured.
Alcaraz now hopes to calmly celebrate his feat this Saturday. “With my team and family we will have some time to have fun and enjoy the moment, but on Sunday I play the final of a great tournament and I want to be the best I can be,” he concluded.
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