“First Match Is Always Tough”: Carlos Alcaraz Reflects on His Loss To Sebastian Korda at Monte Carlo Masters 2022

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MONTE-CARLO, MONACO - APRIL 13: Carlos Alcaraz of Spain in action against Sebastian Korda of USA during day four of the Rolex Monte-Carlo Masters at Monte-Carlo Country Club on April 13, 2022 in Monte-Carlo, Monaco. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
MONTE-CARLO, MONACO – APRIL 13: Carlos Alcaraz of Spain in action against Sebastian Korda of USA during day four of the Rolex Monte-Carlo Masters at Monte-Carlo Country Club on April 13, 2022, in Monte-Carlo, Monaco. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Miami Masters champ Carlos Alcaraz fell unexpectedly at the Monte-Carlo Masters 2022 opening encounter to Sebastian Korda in the three sets(6-7, 7-6, 3-6). However, the 18-year-old Spaniard revealed playing his first match on clay is always resilient for him because of transition.  

“It is never easy to get used to playing on clay, the first match is always tough, much less when you play against Sebastian, a great player”, Carlos Alcaraz said after the match in Monaco. (Quotes Have Been Translated Into English Via Google Translator)

Rio Open title winner Alcaraz continued, “Today the conditions were complicated, plus the wind and everything. Now it’s time to rest and focus on the next tournament, continue with this clay-court tour”.

“The Transition Is Difficult, But We Already Knew That”, says Carlos Alcaraz

Three-time ATP Tour-level title winner Alcaraz added, “Playing on clay is totally different from playing on a hard court. Here the points are longer, the slice is used much more on this type of court.” 

“In the end, it’s a matter of time and we all have to go through it, you have to adapt your game to compete on clay.” 

“For me, it’s totally different, a lot more tops, longer trades, you have to push a lot more from the bottom, etc.” 

“Now the goal is to play a lot of games, and accumulate sets until you get used to this surface. The transition is difficult, but we already knew that.”

“I feel good, I’m ready to go back to training and focus on the next tournaments. Today was a difficult game, but I think mentally I’m ready to play this type of game, long and complicated games. Mentally and physically I’m ready.”

Carlos Alcaraz will next play in his backyard, Barcelona Open 2022, which runs from 18th April to 24th May on the clay courts. 

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