Alcaraz reveals the trap he prepared for the Sinner to hunt him down in Indian Wells


Carlos Alcaraz He placed the index finger of his right hand on his temple as he looked at his team. It was a gesture of solidarity with his team after qualifying for the final of the ATP Masters 1000 in Indian Wells, this Sunday not earlier than 10 pm.

“We had talked about having to be mentally strong, and I think I was strong to improve myself. I’m happy with how I changed my game, that it worked,” explained the Spaniard.

He prepared a good ambush for the Italian Jannik Sinner, which he defeated 1-6, 6-3 and 6-2 in 2h.05′. First loss for the Australian Open champion in 20 matches, out of seventeen played this season.

Sinner admitted that Alcaraz surprised him with some tactical changes compared to the previous two games, which he won. The Spaniard recognized the diversity factor, as seen on the track.

But he proved it in his words: “I agree with Sinner. We know each other very well, how we approach these games, the tactics. But we will say that this time we are not played the same, with the same Speed. We play slower. I won’t reveal my tactics, I might have to play with him Miami. Let’s say, yes, I play differently,” he noted, amused, mischievous.

Before leaving the court, he admitted that “I defended better, I decided to put more balls, not to miss the second or third, which gives Sinner a big advantage. I changed others. I changed my playing style, and it worked.”

Under the technical direction of Juan Carlos Ferrero, his trainer. “It’s very important for me. Although I always trusted one hundred percent with the coach I travel with, like Samuel Lopez in Melbourne. “I’ve been with Juan Carlos since 2017, it’s a long road and it’s always special, but it doesn’t matter if I play better or worse with or without him in the tournament,” he explained.

He had to cool his nerves at 1-6, from the destruction of Sinner. “I always have nerves with him, because I know I have to give my all. I demand the highest level against him. We have done magic on the court, incredible points, because the same thing happens to him. We are going one hundred percent, which makes our games special.”

About the rival in the final, before knowing the resolution of the semifinal between the Russians Daniel Medvedev (his victim in the 2023 final) and the American Tommy Paulexplained that “they have totally different styles. I know how to play Daniil if it’s with him. I know what tactics to follow, but I won’t say it. I have also played against Tommy several times. He is very fast, there are others different fighting styles, good shots. Either of them is going to be tough, and I have to be ready.”

Source: La Verdad


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