Carlos Alcaraz, winner of Tommy Paul in the quarter-finals of Wimbledon: “It’s always about finding solutions”

Carlos Alcaraz, winner of Tommy Paul in the quarter-finals of Wimbledon: “It’s always about finding solutions”
Carlos Alcaraz, winner of Tommy Paul in the quarter-finals of Wimbledon: “It’s always about finding solutions”

“How does it feel to win matches (5-7, 6-4, 6-2, 6-2 on Tuesday against Tommy Paul) without playing the best tennis that we sometimes see you play?
I don’t necessarily feel comfortable on court No. 1 in these conditions, under the roof, but I still have to find my best tennis. That was difficult, I admit. In these cases, it’s always about finding solutions, I know that there will be matches where I won’t play my best tennis and that I will still have to win. By trying the shots that will disturb the opponent as much as possible. Throughout a career, you don’t always play at your best level, but you have to do everything possible to still play good tennis. To be better than the player opposite you, day by day. Not necessarily to be brilliant, but to produce a sufficient level.

This is the sixth time, out of your last seven participations in a Grand Slam tournament, that you have reached the semi-finals, what does that mean to you?
That we are on the right track, obviously. We want more, we are hungry for more. We still hope to have a final to play. But to still be in the semi-finals of a Grand Slam, to be at six, it is a good number, and I tell myself that it weighs on the opponents, who tell themselves that I play well in these tournaments and that I am not easy to eliminate.

You will meet Daniil Medvedev in the semi-finals on Friday. What do you think of this challenge?
The hardest thing about playing against Daniil is that he can hit every ball. He’s like a wall, every ball comes back, I can hit incredible shots and it still comes back. It’s hard to play with that in mind.”

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