Australian Open – “Carlos needs him”: Ferrero welcomes Djokovic’s return to Melbourne

He had a year full of emotions. Juan Carlos Ferrero is a happy coach and he would be wrong not to be. While he had agreed with Carlos Alcaraz on two main objectives at the start of 2022 – aiming for an ATP 500 title and entry into the Top 15 – his colt did much better by finishing on the throne with a coronation in Grand Slam (US Open) and two Masters 1000 (Miami and Madrid) in particular. The fruit of an extraordinary talent but also and above all of collective work and a symbiosis between the two men.

But is “Carlitos” already the boss of the circuit? Novak Djokovic’s cannonball end to the season reminded us that the Serb was still the man to beat, he who was only able to participate in 11 tournaments (missing two Majors and four Masters 1000) due to his status unvaccinated. “After the US Open which he couldn’t play, he was very focused to show that he was able to win almost every match he played. It obviously didn’t surprise me that he won in Turin. He sent the message to all the players that he would be there“, estimated Juan Carlos Ferrero in an interview with Eurosport.

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Playing against Novak is very important for Carlos to improve

And a return to normal is undoubtedly looming for the Serb who could well play a full season again. Djokovic will at least be present in the antipodes for the first Grand Slam of the year 2023 (January 16-29), since his ban on visa applications was lifted a few days ago, almost a year after the incredible imbroglio of Melbourne. Winner of the Australian Open 9 times, he will logically be the favorite there for a possible “decima” synonymous with a 22nd Grand Slam title which would allow him to equal Rafael Nadal’s record.

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What to overshadow Carlos Alcaraz and his irresistible rise? Ferrero sees it differently. “I think that to progress, Carlos needs to play against one of the best in the history of the game. There is obviously Rafa, but we also need Novak. In Madrid, Carlos played against Novak and he upped his game to try to win (he had beaten him after a 3:35 fight in the semi-finals before going for the title, editor’s note). So I think we need that in Grand Slams. It’s very important for Carlos to improve.”

Work as a leitmotif to stay on top

In 2023, Alcaraz will have to manage the pressure linked to the status of world number 1. More than ever expected at the turn, how to meet expectations? “I tell him he has to work even harder, because if you want to stay at the top, you have to win Grand Slams and Masters 1000 regularly. So it’s even more difficult than before when winning an ATP 500 or doing a great result in Masters 1000 allowed him to climb in the rankings“, observed Ferrero again.

Victim of a tear in the abdominals a few weeks ago at Bercy, Carlos Alcaraz will not be long in starting his preparation for next season. In fact, the Murcian phenomenon has already made its return to the gym, its healing progressing faster than expected. By the weekend, he should even find the training courts, according to his coach. To see him in action again, we will have to wait until December 17 and the Abu Dhabi exhibition. At this stage, he has no plans to play any preparation tournaments for the Australian Open.

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