Mats Wilander has been speaking highly of Carlos Alcaraz as the Spaniard defeated Juan Ignacio Londero in the first round at Roland-Garros.
In an interview with Alize Lim for Eurosport, the Eurosport expert heaped admiration on the sixth seed, who is seeking to build on his scintillating form, which has seen him beat Novak Djokovic in Madrid and become the first teenager to beat the ‘King of Clay’ on his own surface.
“I think Carlos Alcaraz has this unbelievably positive attitude”- Mats Wilander
Wilander commended the mindset and intellect displayed by the teenager, who, despite his age, appears unconcerned by the momentous occasion. “Yeah, I mean, it’s kind of back to what we are used to in the eighties,” Wilander said on Eurosport. “I was 17 when I won here in 1982… Boris Becker was even younger than me when he won Wimbledon in 1985 and people always talk about ‘why can you not be 18, 19 anymore’, because the game is so physical.”
“I think that it’s mental and I think Carlos Alcaraz has this unbelievably positive attitude. He’s very strong physically, he understands the game with hitting drop shots and hitting power shots – especially with the forehand – but more than anything, it’s the mentality that he’s not 19, he’s like 29, when he’s playing on the court,” he added.
“He loves being on the big court[s]; he has an unbelievable conversation with Juan Carlos Ferrero whilst he’s playing, and I feel like he’s not afraid of anything, or anybody,” the tennis legend went on to conclude.