Carlos Alcaraz: "Djokovic beat me"


Carlos Alcarazperformed this Monday on outdoor track number seven of Magic Box beside Novak Djokovicdeclared that the Serbian had given him “a beating”, pointed out that adapting to the height of the Spanish capital “was not easy” and assured that, although he did not like the comparisons to Rafael Nadal“there are chances to come like this”.

Hundreds of people attended the training of Alcaraz, one of the stars of the Mutua Madrid Open, who did not stop cheering and chanting his name to give him their full support before his debut in the tournament against Georgian Nikoloz Basilashvili.

“Djokovic beat me. Adapting to height is not easy and I have verified this these days in Madrid,” Alcaraz said, on the tournament’s official Twitch channel.

The tennis player from El Palmar was asked about the opportunities leading him to be compared to Rafael Nadal, something that made him smile.

“Honestly, coincidences will come and I don’t know how I’m different from Rafa. The coincidences are incredible. Even the Godó date, the top-10 on the same day … I don’t want to be compared to Rafa. But everything will come like this, “he declared.

Alcaraz will face his second participation in the Mutua Madrid Open. In 2021, he celebrated his eighteenth year in the tournament and was eliminated by Rafa Nadal, where he lost 6-1 and 6-2.

“I remember that week as if it was just yesterday and it was so nice to play in Spain with the people. Today we will try to win tomorrow to play again here on my birthday. I remember that because of the pandemic, the presence of the public was limited, but felt I still love “, confession.

This Monday also felt that love by Spanish fans. The festivities in the Community of Madrid led to thousands of fans flocking to Caja Mágica to enjoy tennis and see their idols. Alcaraz was already one of them, as can be seen at the end of training, when Murcian approached the public and for about ten minutes he was signing an autograph with balls, caps and towels.

“I’ve grown a lot compared to last year, but I’m still Carlitos, but a little bigger. When they call me Carlos I think I’ve done something wrong,” he confessed.

Aside from competing in the individual box, Carlos Alcaraz also does it in doubles with Marc López.

“He wrote to me saying that he was going to play his last tournament and that he was excited to play with me in Madrid. We were going to try to get him to retire in style,” he concluded.

Source: La Verdad


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