‘Coach Juan Carlos Ferrero asked me to be aggressive against Matteo Berrettini,’ says Carlos Alcaraz

Spanish sensation Carlos Alcaraz explains the tactic behind beating World No.7 Matteo Berrettini in the quarterfinals of the Antwerp Open.

Carlos Alcaraz
Carlos Alcaraz

After announcing his arrival onto the ATP tour during the clay season, Carlos Alcaraz is now fast, improving on the hard courts as well. From the time, the Spanish sensation beat World No.3 Stefanos Tsitsipas at the 2021 US Open, he hasn’t looked back.

Over the past few months, Alcaraz has reached two semifinals and a quarterfinal on the hard courts. In the process, he has also beaten marquee names. Recently, the 18-year-old outlasted, World No.7 Matteo Berrettini in the quarterfinals of the ongoing Vienna Open.

As reported by welovetennis.fr, the Spaniard mentioned it was one of his best performances in his career in beating the big-serving, Italian. “This game was incredible. Berrettini started to serve better in the second set, and I couldn’t do much in return. It was one of the best performances of my life. The mental part is the key to playing incredible tennis from the first point to the last point. And that turned out to be fundamental in the third set today (Friday),” the World No.42 opined.

Alcaraz also credited his coach Juan Carlos Ferrero for asking him to remain aggressive against Berrettini. Italian. “Ferrero told me to play aggressive against Berrettini. The point was to order the exchange, while keeping my cool on the comeback games where I knew I had to wait for the right time. I did and it went well.”

Zverev ends Alcaraz’s run in Antwerp

Alexander Zverev vs Carlos Alcaraz
Alexander Zverev and Carlos Alcaraz

After beating Berrettini and former World No.1 Andy Murray in Vienna, the Spanish youngster was confident in taking on World No.4 Alexander Zverev in the semis. Unfortunately, the firepower and intensity of the German proved too hot for Alcaraz, as he ended up losing in straight sets.

Alcaraz will now be seen at the upcoming Bercy Masters in Paris next month. He will lock horns against Frenchman Pierre-Hugues Herbert in the first round.

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