Carlos Alcaraz, the Spanish tennis player, has been the talk of the tennis world in recent weeks. At just 19 years old, he was riding an incredible 10-match winning streak and had just won his first Indian Wells title.
He was aiming to become the youngest player to win both the Indian Wells and Miami Masters 1000 tournaments in the same year, but unfortunately, his dreams were dashed on Friday when he lost in the semifinals to Italian Jannik Sinner.
After the match, Alcaraz confirmed that he had suffered from cramps during the third set but refused to blame his defeat on his physical problems. Instead, he acknowledged that Sinner had simply played better than him in the final set.
“It was a very even match. I had my chances to break in the second set and serve for the match, but against Sinner, it’s always a tough battle,” said Alcaraz.
Alcaraz had previously beaten Sinner in their two previous encounters, including just two weeks ago in Indian Wells. However, Sinner proved to be too much for Alcaraz in the end and he lost the match 6-7 (4/7), 6-4, 6-2.
Despite the defeat, Alcaraz remained optimistic and focused on the positives. He said that he did not think about losing the world number one ranking or the chance to win the “Sunshine Double.” Instead, he was focused on improving his level of play to beat Sinner in the future.
“For me, this is like I only lost the semifinal,” he stressed. “I have more years to try. All I can think about is improving my level to beat Jannik.”
Sinner’s incredible run of form has seen him rise up the rankings in recent months. He is currently ranked number 11 in the world and is widely considered to be one of the future stars of tennis. His aggressive style of play and never-say-die attitude have won him many fans around the world, and his performances at Indian Wells and Miami have only cemented his status as a rising star.
Despite his physical problems in the third set of the match against Sinner, Alcaraz refused to blame his defeat on them. He acknowledged that he had taken a long five-minute break in the locker room after losing the second set, which may have contributed to his cramps. However, he refused to dwell on the negative and instead focused on the positives of his performance.
“I started to cramp at the beginning of the third set, but it was not the reason why I lost the match,” he stressed. “After the cramps, I started to feel better. But Jannik was better than me in the third set. That’s the truth.”
Alcaraz’s positive attitude and determination to improve will undoubtedly serve him well in the future. Despite the disappointment of his defeat in Miami, he remains one of the most exciting young players on the tour and will undoubtedly continue to thrill tennis fans around the world in the years to come.