Alcaraz looks forward after defeat

Henry

Carlos Alcaraz will have to wait a little longer to collect his first Australian Open title. The 20-year-old player was eliminated by Alexander Zverev in the quarter-finals of the Grand Slam tournament in Melbourne.

The final score was 6-1, 6-3, 6-7 and 6-4 in the German’s favour.

Despite the defeat, Alcaraz is satisfied with his performance, especially in the third set of the showdown.

“I’m happy that I was able to finish that set with good tennis and it’s a shame that I couldn’t keep it up. I didn’t play too badly in the following set either, but it wasn’t my best,” said the Spanish tennis crown prince.

According to Alcaraz, he will simply have to play better when his opponents put him under pressure.

“Zverev hit very well and he put me under pressure with every shot. This is what I need to work on; especially with a view to the future. It’s a shame about my game in this game.”

He also thanked the spectators for their support.

“I was able to force a fourth set thanks to their encouragement; they definitely boosted my energy levels. If it wasn’t for them, the match would probably have been a thing of the past after three sets.”

Zverev will play against Daniil Medvedev in one of the semi-finals on Friday, while Novak Djokovic will face off against Jannik Sinner in the other knockout match.

  • Results:

Men:

Alexander Zverev beat Carlos Alcaraz 6-1, 6-3, 6-7 and 6-4

Women:

Aryna Sabalenka beat Coco Gauff 7-6 and 6-4