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Alcaraz: “They take me as one of the favorites for Wimbledon, but I don’t see it that way at all”

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Carlos Alcaraz He assured that “not at all” he looks like a favorite this year at Wimbledon because there are much more accustomed and better tennis players on the grass than he is and he recognized that arrived in London with doubts due to the discomfort he suffered in the elbow.

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The Murcian tennis player lost this Thursday in the Hurlingham exhibition against the American Frances Tiafoe, in his first grass-court match of the season. Alcaraz was scheduled to play at Queen’s last week, but he dropped out of the tournament due to some discomfort in his right elbow that he still has bandaged, but from which he is doing well.

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“A week ago I couldn’t train at all”Alcaraz told Spanish media in Hurlingham. “I came here with uncertainty as to whether I was going to be able to play normally. These days that I have been able to train here I have felt quite well, zero pain in the elbow and today without any pain in the match with Tiafoe”.

These days that I have been able to train here I have felt quite well, zero pain in the elbow and today without any pain in the match with Tiafoe

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The Murcian starts as the fifth seed at Wimbledon and after a season full of successes, with the conquest of the Masters 1,000 in Miami, the Masters 1,000 in Madrid and the ATP 500 in Barcelona and Rio de Janeiro. However, he does not look like one of the favorites for the third Grand Slam of the season.

I really don’t mind being in the spotlight, I don’t take it as pressure, but I’ve seen that they take me as one of the favorites for Wimbledon, but I don’t see it that way at all. There are many players who play better on grass than me. Djokovic, Rafa, Berrettini… We are going to try to gain experience on this surface”, he reflected.

There are many players who play better on grass than me. Djokovic, Rafa, Berrettini… We are going to try to gain experience on this surface

On the keys for the good adaptation of clay to grass, Alcaraz stressed that you have to focus on “moving well”.

“Knowing how to move well on grass is very important. I think it’s the key to being able to get good results here. We are trying to improve there, in mobility and in small details that on this surface are more important. Being more aggressive than necessary, trying to take advantage of the fact that I can volley well, those things“, he nuanced.

The one from El Palmar will exercise this Friday morning at Wimbledon, already knowing the rival of his debut, who will be drawn at 10 in the morning, and will play his second exhibition match in Hurlingham starting at 14:30 local time against Norwegian Casper Ruudwhich he already beat this year in the Miami final.



Source: www.marca.com

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