Carlos Alcaraz’s adventure as number one in the world does not seem to be particularly fortunate. The Spanish tennis player lost a few weeks ago in the Davis Cup, surprisingly giving in to Felix Auger Aliassime and this week he was the protagonist of the biggest surprise in tennis.
The Spaniard lost in two sets to Belgian lucky loser David Goffin. The latter, in clear difficulty in recent months, had sold a few hours ago to Luca Nardi, a young Italian talent. A surprising and in some ways unexpected defeat with Alcaraz who for the first time in 2022 lost a match without winning even a set.
In the post match Alcaraz commented on the defeat, confirming that he needs to improve. Here are his words: “It was a very hard challenge, David played in a magnificent way. Returning to the competition is never easy after a long time, I had already played on this field on two occasions but being so slow it is not easy to get used to”
Then the tennis player, as Marca reports, continues: “I was not able to adapt to this match, he was very aggressive and I was unable to withstand the pressure he constantly put on me. I have to learn from the lesson I received in this game.”
Alcaraz’s 2022 was extraordinary, the nineteen year old Spaniard won several titles and a few weeks ago he won his first career Grand Slam title, in New York. Thanks to this result, Alcaraz became the youngest number one in the history of this sport.
In a recent interview, the Spanish tennis player commented on his change: “The truth is that I am always the same, I don’t think anything has changed in me to become number 1.”
Thiem opens up on Alcaraz
Dominic Thiem heaped praise on Carlos Alcaraz and said that the Spaniard was about to change tennis.
“He already has a unique career. He is the youngest number one in history and winner of the US Open as a teenager, exceptional. He is about to change tennis, because in New York, no matter how long the matches went on, he was there the whole time, playing offense, going to the net and contesting every point without fear.
And I think this is new. Nobody did that before. We must catch up,” the Austrian told AS. Tennis legend Jimmy Connors spoke about Carlos Alcaraz on the Advantage Connors podcast with his son Brett. “You’ve got a bull eye on your back now, especially Alcaraz, just won the US Open and you know, the year that he’s had and he’s No.
1 in the world. (He’s) got to realize that he’s everybody’s target and you know, he’s soon (going to) have to start figuring it out. You’ve got to start winning when you’re only (at your) 70% too, or you don’t like the court surface or it is a little too slow,” Connors said.