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Carlos Alcaraz Says Quick Rise To Top Form After Injury Inspired By Djokovic And Nadal



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Carlos Alcaraz says he wants to emulate two of the Tour’s biggest names by winning titles after coming back from injury after reaching the semi-finals of the Indian Wells Masters. 


The reigning US Open champion is just two wins away from reclaiming the world No.1 position this week after defeating Canada’s Felix Auger-Aliassime 6-4, 6-4. Alcaraz’s latest win is a case of sweet revenge for the Spaniard who had previously lost all three of his Tour meetings against Aliassime. The triumph saw him hit a total of 26 winners against only eight unforced errors as he won 81% of his first service points. 

“I feel great. It’s an amazing feeling to come back this year and make the semifinal again,” Alcaraz said afterwards. 
“Beating such a great player as Felix for the first time, I’m really happy with my level and the way that I’m playing.”

After missing the first month of 2023 due to injury, the 19-year-old has won 12 out of 13 matches played with his only loss being to Cameron Norrie in the final of the Rio Open. The dominant display comes after he has been hampered by a trio of injury issues in recent times. Last November he was forced to withdraw from the ATP Finals due to an abdominal problem before sustaining a leg injury whilst training in the off-season. Then to add to his frustration, Alcaraz also suffered a minor hamstring problem during February which ruled him out of a tournament in Mexico. 

The recent misfortunes make his quick rise back to top form even more impressive. Although the Spaniard said that he is ‘not surprised’ by what is happening. He cites both Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal as inspirations for him with both of those players winning titles after returning to action following an injury-related break. 

“I am not surprised so much because I am a player who learns really fast,” Alcaraz commented.
“I look to the big players, Djokovic or Rafa. When they are coming (back) from an injury and probably have a great percentage to win the tournament after an injury.’
“So I looked at them a little bit when I was injured and training. They motivate me to play a good game after an injury in my first tournaments. I was surprised when I won Buenos Aires, but right now, I’m not surprised about it.”

Alcaraz will next play Italy’s Jannik Sinner for a place in the final who knocked out defending champion Taylor Fritz in three sets. It is only the third time in Sinner’s career he has beaten a top-five player and he is the first man from his country to reach the last four of the Masters 1000 tournament. 

The head-to-head record between the two players is currently tied at 2-2- but Alcaraz has won both of their meetings that have occurred on a hardcourt, including last year’s US Open clash. Last year Sinner defeated the world No.2 on the clay in Umag and on the grass at Wimbledon. 

“I enjoy these matches (against Sinner) because I have to be really, really focused on every shot. I have to play my best,” Alcaraz said of their rivalry. 
“That’s why Jannik is such a great player, as well. Not only with a great serve and great movements. It is because he pushes the opponent to their limit. Trying to play aggressively with great shots.’
“And for the opponent, it is really tough to be focused mentally and physically during the whole match. That’s what I love about playing against him. It pushes me to the limit. I have to be really, really focused. I love to feel that.”

Alcaraz is one of only two players to have reached the semi-finals of this year’s men’s tournament without dropping a set. The other is Frances Tiafoe who will next play Daniil Medvedev. 


Alexander Zverev Deserves More Respect According To Boris Becker

According to Boris Becker, Alexander Zverev deserves more respect from tennis journalists.



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Boris Becker has claimed that Alexander Zverev deserves more respect despite Zverev failing to live up to his potential at Grand Slams.


Zverev has only reached one Grand Slam final in his career despite being a regular inside the world’s top ten as well as performing at regular ATP events.

This season Zverev played a limited schedule after recovering from an ankle injury but still managed to qualify for the Nitto ATP Finals.

However most critics have been loud when judging Zverev’s career as it was looking likely that he would be a regular Grand Slam champion.

The German has failed to live up to expectations but former Grand Slam champion Boris Becker believes Zverev deserves more respect.

Speaking to Eurosport Becker also said that Zverev’s father being the coach is a more than successful approach when it comes to the former US Open finalist’s career, “In my opinion, he doesn’t get enough respect from the tennis experts internationally,” Becker explained.

“They’re all talking about the young three or four, but don’t give Zverev, Medvedev or Rublev enough respect. He’s playing with his fist in his pocket a little bit, wants everyone show that he is not a thing of the past, but that his best time is yet to come.

“Surely his father knows best what is good for his son, but if you look into the box at the competition, you can also see changes.”

Becker has followed Zverev for most of his career so knows that the best is yet to come from the German.

Alexander Zverev will look to prove himself next season when he starts his 2024 season when he represents Germany at the United Cup.

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Juan Carlos Ferrero Analyses Key Areas For Carlos Alcaraz’s Development

Juan Carlos Ferrero has outlined the next steps in Carlos Alcaraz’s development.



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Carlos Alcaraz’s coach, Juan Carlos Ferrero has analysed the key areas for the Spaniard’s development heading into the 2024 season.


The former world number one’s season has come to an end after a successful year which saw him win the Wimbledon title as well as winning two Masters 1000 titles.

Alcaraz capped off an incredible season by reaching the semi-finals at the Nitto ATP Finals, where he lost to Novak Djokovic.

However there is a long way for the Spaniard to go if he wants to consistently go toe-to-toe with Novak Djokovic.

Speaking to Marca Alcaraz’s coach Juan Carlos Ferrero spoke about the Spaniard’s development and said that Alcaraz is too emotional, “Be more regular in games, not open doors. Sometimes there are mistakes and it is something that we have to improve a lot,” Ferrero commented.

“Although it is true that he opens doors, he always competes well and at the highest level. He knows it, the other day he already said that Novak doesn’t give you one. He has to improve his decision making and he will achieve that with experience. Carlos is very emotional and that sometimes helps him and other times not so much.”

It’s clear Alcaraz’s high-quality is there but to consistently do it against Djokovic is another task altogether as the Spaniard looks to go from strength-to strength next season.

One area that is clearly a priority for Alcaraz is physical conditioning especially considering what happened against Djokovic at Roland Garros earlier in the season.

Ferrero said that will be a clear focus heading into 2024 but couldn’t guarantee that Alcaraz will play a tournament before the Australian Open, “Because of the year and the fatigue he has been in, what he needs is rest and disconnecting for 8-10 days with his friends,” Ferrero stated.

“From there, the thinking must go back to working really hard, strong and well to start very strongly in Australia. One can never be sure of that. Sometimes you play a tournament and it doesn’t go well, you left home too early. There are many ways of thinking.

“This year we haven’t played Australia and he finishes number two. That means there is no urgency to play a tournament early. Carlos is a player who enters competition quickly, you don’t usually see him without rhythm.

“Although it is true that he becomes more dangerous from the round of 16, from the quarter-finals. I am confident that the two exhibition matches and the training sessions will help us play a good tournament.”

Alcaraz will be looking to play the Australian Open which starts on the 15th of January after the Spaniard missed last year’s tournament due to a leg injury.

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Australian Open Chief Confident Nadal Will Play But Kyrgios’ Participation Uncertain



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The tournament director of the Australian Open says he is ‘certain’ that Rafael Nadal will play at the Grand Slam even though the Spaniard has yet to outline his comeback plans. 


Craig Tiley told reporters in Melbourne on Thursday he hopes to receive some clarity over Nadal’s intentions in the next couple of weeks but is confident he will play. However, the tennis official had previously claimed in October that the former world No.1 had already committed to play in the event before his team denied that statement.  

Nadal, who has won 22 Grand Slam titles, hasn’t played a Tour match since his second round defeat at the Australian Open in January due to a hip injury. He was originally expecting to take an eight-week break but the recovery didn’t go to plan and he ended up having surgery. In May he confirmed that he will take an extended break from the sport to heal his body and admitted that retirement next year is a possibility.

“Rafa has been training, I follow him closely, probably every day because he’s a massive drawcard for us,” the Reuters News Agency quoted Tiley as saying. 
“He wants to play, he’s obviously planning on playing. It all depends on how he pulls up.
“Hopefully in the next week or the next two weeks, we get some specific confirmation of that. I’m certain Rafa will be here because he’s not going to want to miss the opportunity to repeat what he did a couple of years ago.”

Earlier this month Nadal confirmed that he intends to return to the Tour but admits that he will continue to experience a degree of pain. Although he has yet to give any information about which tournament he will begin his comeback at. The 2024 season begins during the first week of January.

“I’m well, training, and happy. I’m at a good stage of my life,” quoted Nadal as telling reporters in Barcelona.
“Until now I didn’t know if I would play tennis again someday, and now I genuinely believe I will. I’m still not ready to say when, but I’m able to train increasingly longer, and the progress is good.’

Will Kyrgios play?

Another player Tiley is eager to welcome back is home player and former Wimbledon Finalist Nick Kyrgios who has only played one Tour-level match this season due to injury. He underwent knee surgery in January and then tore a ligament in his wrist during the summer. As a result, the Australian currently doesn’t have an ATP ranking due to his inactivity. 

“We have spoken to Nick, and he obviously wants to do the best he possibly can to give him the best chance to play in January,” Tiley said of Kyrgios.
“Whether he’s playing, whether he’s doing something else, Nick will be here in January and to get him to play will be great. But we’ve got to take it as it comes and he’s got to make sure he takes care of his health …” 

Kyrgios recently worked as an analyst for the Tennis Channel during this year’s ATP Finals in Turin and gave a brief update on his ongoing recovery during a segment. 

“After last year, I had such a great year, and I’m so hungry to get back out there,” the 2022 Wimbledon finalist commented.
“So I’m doing everything I can to get back out there. Obviously, you know how injuries are every day, just doing the rehab, doing the gym work.”

The Australian Open will begin on Sunday 14th January. Novak Djokovic and Aryna Sabalenka are the defending champions. 

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