Stefanos Tsitsipas has been the main actor in a match that will go down in tennis history, not only in Spain, for what Carlos Alcaraz has been able to achieve at his age, breaking records dating back to the last century. The Greek has been a gentleman in defeat and has been full of praise for the Spanish, praising his game and his ball rhythm.
It was a very good start for you. At the beginning of the first set, he came out very strong. His ball speed was incredible. I’ve never seen anyone hit the ball so hard. It took me a while to adjust my game and get used to his. This was one of those games where at a certain point is when you play your opponent’s game. After the incredible fourth set on my part, dominating and being aggressive, I did not expect the fifth set that was scored. He played without fear. I’ve never seen anyone play a fifth set like this, really.
How what he did in the fifth set caught his attention, Carlos overcoming that 0-6
He did very well. That is something that will take you to the top and make you the player that you are. It was supposed to be my match, which I shouldn’t lose. I will learn from this. He is young, he has fought and he has not given up. I had my options in the third set and I lost them. I should have won that third set.
What do you think is the potential of Alcaraz
100% would say that he will be a candidate to win Grand Slams. You have the game for it.
What has surprised you the most about Spanish?
Its consistency. It was very deep, applying pressure, but there was no way. He handled everything very well. He looked comfortable. I hit a lot of winners with my serves, too. He was in control of everything, especially in the fifth set, which is surprising. He did not expect the level to rise that much after how he lost the fourth set. He was a totally different player. I don’t know what the physio did to him, but he looked like another player.
Controversy around him, being booed by the public several times
I do not pretend to like everyone. My intention is not to be liked by people. Each person can choose which player they like the most. The rest does not matter to me.