Carlos Alcaraz’s coach discloses how Roger Federer and Andy Murray helped them beat Novak Djokovic in the Wimbledon finals

Alcaraz's coach Juan Carlos Ferrero shed some light on the strategy they applied to defeat Djokovic at Wimbledon.


Carlos Alcaraz’s coach discloses how Roger Federer and Andy Murray helped them beat Novak Djokovic in the Wimbledon finals

left- Roger Federer and Andy Murray (Tennis Buzz), right- Novak Djokovic and Carlos Alcaraz (Wimbledon)

World No. 1 and Tennis sensation Carlos Alcaraz recently made history by upsetting the heavy favorite Novak Djokovic in the Wimbledon 2023 finals to win his maiden Wimbledon title. The triumph handed 4 – time defending champion Novak Djokovic his first defeat on Centre Court in almost a decade.

Having bested the Serbian legend at just the age of 20, tennis fans and pundits alike were keen to know about the strategy Alcaraz and his team applied to achieve this mammoth feat. Alcaraz’s long–time coach and former World No. 1 Juan Carlos Ferrero shed some light on the same in a recent interview with Eurosport.

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“We copied a little of Murray, Roger and Novak, and he tries to copy a little bit the same. In the end, it wasn’t easy, but we did it,” he said.

Ferrero also revealed that Alcaraz’s victory over Daniil Medvedev helped them gauge how well the Spaniard would need to play in the final. “We said that he would have to play more or less the same level that he played against Medvedev. Medvedev is on the baseline all the time and Carlos likes to use the slice to bring the opponent to the net. We needed to do that against Novak, so it was one of the keys to break his rhythm,” he added.

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A new grass-court champion is born in Carlos Alcaraz

Carlos Alcaraz and Juan Carlos Ferrero
Carlos Alcaraz and Juan Carlos Ferrero (Credits: Reuters)

Notably, Carlos Alcaraz’s Wimbledon triumph this year was only the fourth grass–court tournament he played in his entire career. Having won Queen’s and a Wimbledon title in just four appearances in grass-court tournaments is an amazing feat, something his coach recognizes. “I think he takes things on board very quickly, and we’ve also seen a lot of videos of players that move very quickly here.”

Alcaraz and team will now focus on his title defense at this year’s US Open, the Slam which crowned him the World No. 1 in September last year. However, Ferrero believes a long rest is in order for the young Spaniard, who has had perhaps the most eventful week of his life at Wimbledon. “He’s going to have some rest to reset a little bit and go to the United States feeling powerful and fresh again,” Ferrero said.

That being said, this historic victory at Wimbledon has only made Alcaraz’s 2023 even better than before. Having already won 2 masters titles and a host of ATP 500 titles, with a major title now in the list, Alcaraz is having a season worthy of a World No. 1. He will look to finish the season on a high note with some big titles towards the end of the year.

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