‘The three Cs- Cabeza, Corazón, Cojones,’ Carlos Alcaraz opens up on his grandfather’s words that keep him motivated

Carlos Alcaraz
Carlos Alcaraz

Carlos Alcaraz has been the talk tennis fraternity and after his scintillating performances, he deserves all the praise and appreciation coming his way. The Spanish youngster has beaten defending champion Hubert Hurkacz in the semifinals of the 2022 Miami Open. He was just too good for the Pole, who also gave it his all but was no match for the 18-year-old as he won 7-6(5), 7-6(2) to progress to the finals. 

Currently ranked 16th in the world, Alcaraz was ecstatic after his win as it was a big result for him to reach the finals at such an early stage of his career. It was always going to be difficult to stop Hubert Hurkacz at the Miami Masters, who has come to this game after winning against Daniil Medvedev. So it was expected that it would be an epic clash and the fans were not disappointed one bit. 

After the match was over, the 18-year-old was very emotional and caught up in multiple emotions as he became the youngest ever player to reach the last four at the Sunshine Double. However, the Murcian revealed that he always backs himself to come out of critical situations following his grandfather’s suggestion. “I always remember what my grandpa says to me. That is three Cs – cabeza, corazón, cojones (head, heart, balls). That moto is always with me,” Alcaraz revealed. He tends to remind those words of his grandfather during pressure situations. It is something that calms the teenager down. 

Carlos Alcaraz loves playing at the Miami Open

Carlos Alcaraz
Carlos Alcaraz

After his semifinal win against the Pole, Alcaraz shared how he loves playing in Miami. He also appreciated the support the crowd has shown to him all throughout his journey to the finals. He also added how he was not returning Hurkacz’s serve well and expected it to be a long game. 

“I have a lot of emotions right now. It is everything you dream of when you are a child. It’s pretty good to be in a final in Miami here, I love it here. The crowd was amazing. I will try to play like it’s the first round to mask the nerves. I think I’m going to enjoy it and it will be a great final,” Alcaraz said with a smile on his face. 

“I couldn’t return his serves, but I knew that the match was going to be long sets like it was 7-6, 7-6. In the beginning, I saw that I couldn’t return. I thought we were going to play a lot of tie-breaks. A little bit different [than my previous matches] with his serve, but it’s a great win for me,” he added. 

Alcaraz will face Norway’s Casper Ruud in the finals of the Miami Masters and it promises to be an epic encounter between two rising tennis stars. It will also be a maiden ATP 1000 Masters final for Ruud. 

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