WTA legend discusses Carlos Alcaraz’s attitude

The current Champion is back. For Carlos Alcaraz, Umag holds great memories: there he lifted his first ATP 250 title when he was No. 73 in the Pepperstone ATP Rankings and now he returned to the Plava Laguna Croatia Open as top seed and did so with a firm 6- 2, 6-3 against Norbert Gombos in one hour and 37 minutes of play. After playing the final in Hamburg against Lorenzo Musetti, at 19 years old, he is also debuting his Top 5 status, and boy did he make his rival feel it from the start of the match. An early break in the first game gave him the initiative that the Spaniard was able to maintain with his usual power and precision. A new break in the seventh game stretched the development in favor of ‘Carlitos’ before he closed the first set 6-2. The trend was maintained in the second set, with Alcaraz sealing the first game to the rest. From there, he was a monologue of Spanish. In fact, Alcaraz would finish the game without giving up his serve (he saved the seven break chances he faced) and thus improve his record in the year to 40-6, and will seek to add a fifth trophy this season, to defend for the first time a trophy in his career. “It’s always special to come back, this year it’s a little more normal and I’m very happy to play here again… Today I had to run, fight and the first rounds are always difficult and I was able to play at a great level”, said the Top5 of the world. What has changed for him in the last year? “Many things have changed. Personally and professionally, in one year I was able to experience many good moments, but I work hard to achieve these goals and I continue to grow,” he analyzed. Alcaraz will now face the Argentine Facundo Bagnis, who on Thursday signed a positive victory against the Frenchman Corentin Moutet by a resounding 6-3 and 6-1 in just over an hour of play and advances to the quarterfinals.

Austin opens up on Alcaraz

In an interaction on Tennis TV, Tracy Austin said that Carlos Alcaraz has entered the tournament with the mentality of winning the next match and not looking too far ahead. “I think a guy like this, he’s probably not thinking about (defending a title). He’s top five now. It’s not going to really matter (defending a title). This is a guy who has a mindset: ‘Give me the balls. I will win the match today. Who do I play next?’ That’s the kind of mindset of a champion, not like I have to defend something. That’s not the way you get the job done second time around,” Austin said.