Carlos Alcaraz could have a big mental trouble at the US Open

Carlitos will have all the pressure on him in New York

Carlos Alcaraz has gained a big mental advantage (or disadvantage!) over his rivals, especially over Novak Djokovic, and that will be important for the upcoming US Open.In the two-hour and nineteen-minute battle that allowed the 20-year-old Spaniard to beat Hubert Hurkacz in the semifinal of the ATP Master 1000 in Cincinnati and win his fifth career final in tournaments in this category, Carlitos achieved another milestone.The conquest of the final, which will see him face Novak Djokovic in a remake of the final a month ago at Wimbledon, has ensured that the Spanish tennis player will maintain the top of the ATP ranking even in the event of a defeat against the Serbian.Alcaraz will therefore arrive in three weeks at the US Open, the last Grand Slam of the year, still as number one in the world, in a tournament in which, however, he will have to defend the 2,000 points he won thanks to last year’s success.Tournament in which Novak Djokovic did not take part due to the laws on the vaccination obligation in force in the past edition.

Keeping the lead in the ranking even after the American Major will therefore be a rather difficult undertaking for the tennis player from Murcia.Carlitos will have all the pressure on him in New York. Being world no.1 could help him increase self-awareness and determination.

the victory over Djokovic in London will give him further charge. However, between Toronto and Cincinnati, Carlitos played imperfect tennis, and today’s final against Nole will certainly be different from that of Wimbledon.

So showing up in New York as world no.1 will be a disadvantage: the pressure will be hard to keep up, even for a mental ruler like Alcaraz.

Alcaraz’s words after the success on Hurkacz in Cincinnati
At the press conference, Alcaraz said he was flattered by the compliments received from Djokovic after his success at Wimbledon, but wanted to highlight how he is not inspired by any of the Big 3 but that his goal is to create a unique style, that of Carlos Alcaraz.He explained: “It’s great that someone like Novak is saying these things about you.

Someone who has played against the best Rafa, against the best Roger, and says I have some stuff from their game, that’s great for me. But I don’t entirely agree, because I always say that I am Carlos Alcaraz to all intents and purposes.I’m not inspired by the style of Rafa, Roger, Novak.

I just try to follow my path, to create Carlos Alcaraz. I always say that. I think I have no different characteristics from those of Carlos Alcaraz.”

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