Carlos Alcaraz: “I have the feeling that I will play my first game of the tournament”

Carlos Alcaraz:

“Hubert Hurkacz’s serve caused you a lot of problems throughout the game. Even Juan Carlos Ferrero’s advice didn’t help much.

At every important moment, often during the draws, Juan Carlos would give me a direction and Hubert would serve on the other side. We laughed about it throughout the game because we were wrong the whole time. It was very complicated, with seven or eight break points I couldn’t even play the point. To be honest, I could never read his serve the whole game. I was just trying to get back in court no matter what. Without a doubt he has one of the best serves on the circuit.

Having played more than 10 hours since the beginning of the week, how are you feeling?

I feel good. People might think I’ll be tired for the final, but I’m feeling good. Whether I’m playing three sets or long matches, I’m recovering well thanks to the work of my entire team. I have a feeling I’m going to play my first game of the tournament. I feel great (smile).

It’s the second time you’ve come back in two weeks as Hurkacz won the first set. What makes it so difficult for you to play?

He has very aggressive tennis. In Toronto he broke me in the first game because I made a lot of mistakes and that cost me the set. It was different this time. I think I played well in the first set. But he was perfect. When he had his match point I told myself it was imperative to save him because I knew I would have chances, I had to be absolutely present. And that’s exactly what happened. But Hubert is actually one of the best on the racetrack at the moment. He does his thing and he does it well. »

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