Carlos Alcaraz, qualified for the third round of Roland-Garros: “I had to fight”

Carlos Alcaraz, qualified for the third round of Roland-Garros: “I had to fight”
Carlos Alcaraz, qualified for the third round of Roland-Garros: “I had to fight”

“Were you bothered by your right arm in this match?
My arm is fine. But the wet conditions scared me about how my arm would react. I’m the one responsible for the ups and downs of this match, not my arm.

But did you need to emphasize your forehand more than during your first round against JJ Wolf (6-1, 6-2, 6-1)?
I would say the match was more difficult. We had to score more points, one more set. In such conditions, obviously the rallies were much longer than in previous matches. But I don’t think I used my forehand more.

“It’s true that I had ups and downs in the match. I played well in the first and second sets then I struggled a little”

What did you know about Jesper De Jong?
I hadn’t seen him much in matches or training and it was the first time I played against him. He had good results in Challengers. I believe he deserves his ATP ranking (176th) and his level of tennis impressed me. He played really well. If he continues on this path, I believe he will go very far and enter the top 100.

What happened from the third set, where you were in more difficulty?
He started to play better but it’s true that I had ups and downs in the match. I played well in the first and second sets then I struggled a little. He gained strength, increased the speed of his balls. He wouldn’t let me get into rhythm and really dominated most of the points in the third set. I had to fight to come back, overcome service problems but I’m happy to have won.

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