Given his lack of prior success on grass, Carlos Alcaraz does not think he should be regarded as one of the favourites to win Wimbledon. The young Spanish player is experiencing a breakthrough year after taking home two ATP Masters 1000 titles in Miami and Madrid as well as additional hardware in Rio de Janeiro and Barcelona.
For just his second Wimbledon main-draw appearance, Alcaraz is seeded fifth. He lost to Daniil Medvedev in straight sets last year after defeating Yasutaka Uchiyama in five sets. Since these are the only ATP Tour-level matches Alcaraz has played on grass, getting a better feel for the surface is his major goal when he arrives at the All England Club.
“There are many players who play better than me”- Carlos Alcaraz
“I don’t mind being in the spotlight, I don’t see it as pressure, but I’ve seen that I’m considered one of the favourites for Wimbledon. I don’t see it that way at all. There are many players who play better than me on grass. [Novak] Djokovic, Rafa [Rafael Nadal], [Matteo] Berrettini… We are going to try to gain experience on this surface,” Carlos Alcaraz revealed to the Spanish media.
“Knowing how to move well on grass is very important. I think it’s the key to being able to get good results. We’re trying to improve in mobility and the small details that are more important on this surface. Being more aggressive, trying to take advantage of the fact that I volley well – those things, “ the young Spaniard added.