Juan Carlos Ferrero: ‘Carlos Alcaraz Was Born To Play Matches Like These’ | ATP Tour

Juan Carlos Ferrero was unable to cover his emotion, even a number of hours after Carlos Alcaraz’s US Open triumph. For the coach to the brand new No. 1 within the Pepperstone ATP Rankings it was extremely tense having to observe from the stands, however he was capable of breathe once more when he noticed his understudy hoist the trophy to the New York sky on Arthur Ashe Stadium

“On a regular basis he spent on court docket affected his recreation, however, as he stated, there isn’t a time to be drained in a ultimate,” Ferrero stated. “I saved telling him to go after the match, to not have the sensation that he wasn’t enjoying at his degree.

“Carlos was born to play tournaments and matches like these. From the primary second, I noticed issues in him that have been completely different to these of different boys his age and I nonetheless see them now. Even when he’s in his first ultimate, he’s an amazing competitor, we noticed it in opposition to Cilic, Sinner and Tiafoe.”

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At 19 years of age, Alcaraz has develop into a Grand Slam champion and the youngest World No. 1 within the historical past of the Pepperstone ATP Rankings (since 1973). Ferrero, although, just isn’t stunned.

“It’s taking place in a short time, it’s a shock to everybody, besides to me, as a result of I practice with him each day and I do know what he can do,” admitted the coach. “I used to be positive that if it wasn’t this 12 months, it will be the subsequent. Now we need to hold going.”

Particularly, Ferrero has vivid recollections of his first encounter with Alcaraz, and of the participant that got here to the Equelite Sport Academy a few years in the past.

“I noticed him at 12 or 13,” stated the Valencian. “He got here to the academy, we skilled at some point, he was very small, however everybody was speaking about him. He had every part he has now, however in miniature. Formally, I noticed him when he acquired his first ATP level at 14 years of age, then you can see how he competed.

“When he arrived on the academy at 15, he was a stick, he was quick however didn’t have any muscle tissues,” stated Ferrero. “Even so, we noticed one thing very particular.”

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Now, in fact, it’s a completely different Alcaraz. A significant champion and World number one. Simply how far can he go?

“I feel he’s at 60 per cent of his recreation, he can enhance a number of issues, we all know that he has to maintain going,” stated Ferrero. “Now he’s No. 1 he has to maintain successful, we all know that and I’ll remind him of it.

“He has to enhance his return, and his serve, his backhand in sure conditions, consistency, making an attempt to maintain his head… They’re little particulars that each one gamers have to enhance on up till they retire.”

The mentor to the US Open champion is aware of that comparisons with Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer usually are not a good suggestion.

“It will likely be tough to do what they’ve carried out in tennis. We’re speaking about 22 majors, it’s an extended highway, however who is aware of…,” Ferrero stated. “He has all of the potential to be among the best, all he can do is attempt to obtain it.”

The query now could be apparent; will Alcaraz change having tasted glory?

“Having performed and had important experiences has helped me have the ability to handle him fairly instantly,” Ferrero stated. “There’s no second persona, he’s what he appears to be. He’s a really easy, humble child, now we have to work to maintain him that method. He has a tremendous household that helps him hold his ft on the bottom.”

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