Carlos Alcaraz is already in Americawhere next week, in Canada, the tour of hard court tournaments will begin that will culminate with the United States Open, the fourth and last Grand Slam of the season.
The young tennis player from Murcia, 19 years old and number 4 in the world, will face the Masters 1,000 in Montreal and Cincinatti and then the US Open having won 12 of the 14 games he has played on hard surfaces this year and 32 of the 44 he has played in his professional career.
Gone are the grass and clay courts and what awaits Alcaraz is the hard court of North America, with the challenge of surpassing what was done in 2021, when he reached the quarterfinals in New Yorkand early 2022.
This year, he has won the 1,000 Miami Masters – he beat Norwegian Casper Ruud 7-5, 6-4 in the final – and reached the semifinals in Indian Wells, where Rafa Nadal deprived him of aspiring to win the trophy. -The Mallorcan won 6-4, 4-6 and 6-3-.
Playing on fast surfaces is good for Carlos because of his aggressive gamethe one that leads you to go up to the network at the first opportunity that comes your way.
It was demonstrated last year at Flushing Meadows, where he amazed the world by reaching the quarterfinals. At just 18 years old and falling in that round against the Canadian Felix Auger Aliassime after losing the first set 6-3 and leaving in the second due to injury when he was 3-1 down.
In that tournament, in which he was undoubtedly the revelation player, he gave the bell achieving the first victory of world repercussion in his career in the elite, the one achieved against the Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas, current number 5 in the world and who was then third on the ATP list.
Clay is the surface on which Carlos has developed the mostin which he has trained the most since its inception and in which he has achieved the most victories, but the results obtained on the hard court are almost on par.
On clay, Juan Carlos Ferrero’s pupil has a record of 27-4 this yearwith which since January he has won 87% of his matches on clay and that percentage stands at 85% on hard court, with the 12-2 with which he will stand in Montreal.
Since becoming a professional, clay has given the Murcian 78% of victories (39 in 50 games) and 72% on fast surfaces (32 in 44).
On grass their presence has been much smaller and there the figures show a 3-1 in favor this year, that is to say a 75% of triumphs; and a 4-2 in his career, which represents a 66% win rate.
It is clear that the one from El Palmar handles well on all terrains and, as for the hard track, which is what will keep him busy for the next few weeks, it is shown that it is not that hard for him either.