Carlos Alcaraz He is already in America, where next week, in Canada, he will begin the tour of hard court tournaments 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 fast surface this year and 32 of the 44 he has played in his professional career.
Gone are the grass and clay – two finals in the past two weeks – and what awaits Alcaraz is the hard court of North America, with the challenge of overcoming what has been done in 2021, when he reached the quarterfinals in New Yorkand early 2022.
In the present year, has achieved the Miami Masters 1,000 -beat Norwegian Casper Ruud 7-5, 6-4 in the final- and reached the semifinals at Indian Wellswhere Rafa Nadal deprived him of aspiring to take the trophy -the Mallorcan won 6-4, 4-6 and 6-3-.
Playing on a fast surface is good for Carlos because his aggressive game, the one that leads you to get on the network the first time you get it. It was demonstrated last year in Flushing Meadows, where he amazed the world by reaching the quarter-finals at just 18 years old and falling in that round against Canadian Felix Auger Aliassime, after losing the first set 6-3 and abandoning in the second by injury while trailing 3-1.
In that tournament, in which he was undoubtedly the revelation player, he gave the bell by 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 the third on the ATP list.
Clay is the surface on which Carlos has performed the most, on which he has trained the most since his beginnings and on which he has achieved the most victories, but the results obtained on the hard court are almost on par. in clay the pupil of Juan Carlos Ferrero presents a baggage of 27-4 this towith which since January he has won 87% of his matches on clay and that percentage is 85% on hard courtwith the 12-2 with which to plant in Montreal.
Since he became a professional, brick dust has given the Murcian 78% of victories (39 in 50 crashes) 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, 75% of wins; 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.