Though the match against 17th-seed Lorenzo Musetti was considered a tough one for Carlos Alcaraz, the latter comfortably emerged victorious with a 6-3, 6-2, 6-2 win over the Italian in the fourth round on Sunday (June 4) on Court Philippe Chatrier in Paris. Now the Spaniard is set to lock horns with fifth-seed Stefanos Tsitsipas in the quarterfinal, which is on Tuesday (June 6).
The 20-year-old aims to be crowned as a two-time Grand Slam champion in a tournament where he is considered the most formidable. On the red dirt, he has a win-loss record of 24-2, and overall he is 32-3 in 2023. At the same time, since his last year’s successful US Open campaign (where he lifted his maiden Grand Slam), he is now on an 11-match unbeaten streak in Grand Slams. He missed this year’s Australian Open due to an injury, but right after making his comeback, he lifted the trophy in Buenos Aires and won three more titles.
After the win over Musetti, the 20-year-old couldn’t hold back his praises for his coach, the former world number one Juan Carlos Ferrero. Ferrero started coaching Alcaraz when the latter was 15 years old. Alcaraz said that Ferrero was not only his coach but a friend as well as his father.
“He’s my firend, he’s my coach, I can say he’s my father, as well…I’m really grateful to have him, not only in the box, not only in tennis, you know, but I’m really grateful to have him out of the court, growing up as a person with him,” said the Spanish youngster.
Fans on Twitter react after Carlos Alcaraz called coach Juan Carlos Ferrero his father
As Carlos Alcaraz called Juan Carlos Ferrero his father and showed the immense regard he holds towards his coach, fans on Twitter were touched. Several fans highlighted how at such a young age, Alcaraz is a class act. Seeing the humility he displayed, fans were in awe of the Spaniard.
Alcaraz advanced to the last eight at Roland Garros for the second year in a row. Last year, Germany’s Alexander Zverev ended his French Open campaign with a 6-4, 6-4, 4-6, 7-6 win. If everything goes right in the quarterfinals for both Alcaraz and former world number one Novak Djokovic (who will face Karen Khachanov), then the two most dominant champions will face each other in the most-awaited semi-final.
However, whether the two will face each other is quite uncertain, for both Tsistsipas and Khachanov are quite dominant on the red dirt. Though Djokovic reached his 17th French Open quarter-final (and broke Rafael Nadal’s record, who has 16 last-eight appearances), he is not taking Alcaraz lightly. In an interview, he admitted to following the top guys, and analyzing their game, meaning he is certainly keeping an eye on Alcaraz, who can shatter the Serb’s dream of clinching a record-breaking 23rd Grand Slam.
Gouri Das is a cricket writer at FirstSportz. Despite always being a sporty kid, she disliked being inactive in one place for a long time to watch a match. But after the Ind vs Pak match of the 2016 Asia Cup, she rather got glued to the TV screen. That year she watched the major cricket tournaments, WWE matches, and the Olympics (especially Usain Bolt's races). After reading about the big names in tennis and becoming an ardent follower, she dreams of visiting Wimbledon one day.
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