Carlos Alcaraz, after tough victory over Cerundolo at Queen's: "No matter what I've achieved, I must keep learning"

Tuesday, 18 June 2024 at 19:00
Carlos Alcaraz's first match in his title defense at Queen's turned out to be a challenging one against Francisco Cerúndolo. Although the Spanish player completely dominated the first set, winning it 6-1 convincingly, the second set required a comeback from 2-5 down, stringing together four consecutive games to ultimately secure a 7-5 victory.
It was Alcaraz's first match since winning Roland Garros, and in his post-match comments, Carlitos explained that no matter what a player has achieved previously, the next challenge is entirely different: "It doesn't matter the tournament I'm playing or all that I've achieved... I have to keep learning. I have to improve every day. Every time I step on a grass court, I need to learn how to move better and play better. I feel that I am still learning here."
This is the second year that Carlos Alcaraz is seriously embarking on the grass season. In 2023, he secured an epic victory at Wimbledon after also winning at Queen's. He also wanted to redeem himself from the injury that caused his defeat in the semi-finals of Roland Garros against Novak Djokovic. Now that he is the Paris Grand Slam champion, will the Spaniard approach the grass season differently?
"I have to enjoy my days off and celebrate everything. I think you need it to rest your mind a little. To come back stronger and with a lot of energy. So I had three days... it was enough for me. Here we are, full of energy. Excited to keep going," confirmed a determined Carlos Alcaraz, who seems ready to give it his all despite stating he would prefer to win the Olympics over Wimbledon this year.
In the second round at Queen's, Carlos Alcaraz will face the winner of the match between Jack Draper and Mariano Navone, which at the time of writing, has yet to be played.

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