Carlos Alcaraz confident of return to 100% fitness ahead of French Open, not writing off Djokovic, Nadal or Sinner

Wednesday, 22 May 2024 at 15:47
Carlos Alcaraz is not writing off the chances of any of the big names ahead of Roland Garros in particular Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal. As he fights his own battles and finds his way back on court, the Wimbledon champion said that he will be at 100% ahead of the French Open.
Alcaraz who has dealt with a forearm issue for most of the clay court season has only played in Madrid and albeit has been training hard since to be ready is an unknown quantity. He still remains as the odds on favourite to win Roland Garros though in public opinion and also with odds compilers. But he admitted as he heads to Roland Garros that he is nearly there.
"Things are going well lately, I'm really happy with all the progress. It was difficult for me because at the beginning the doctors told me it’s not going to be really serious, it’s just going to take a few days, from five to seven, and it wasn’t that time," said Alcaraz.
"I was dealing with the pain, with how to focus my practices to the injury. Playing the Mutua Madrid Open not at my 100% was difficult as well but I’m really happy that I had the chance to play. Missing Monte Carlo, Barcelona, Rome, tournaments that are really beautiful for me, was tough but things are going very, very good lately and that’s all that matters. I think I’ll be at my 100%."
But in returning, Alcaraz is under no illusion that it is set to be an open Grand Slam. But that he views it as the cream likely rising to the top as usual amid all of the pre-tournament hype and conjecture. "I think it’s really open right now," he said. "A lot of players are playing really good tennis lately. Let’s see, but it’s Roland Garros, it’s a grand slam.
"Jannik is coming back from an injury, myself as well. Djokovic is not playing his best tennis but I’m pretty sure, once we step on the court at Roland Garros, it’s going to seem that we didn’t get injured."
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Carlos Alcaraz (pictured) isn't writing off any of the big names despite injuries and conjecture about form.
In particular, Alcaraz isn't writing off a certain duo who have supreme success in Paris. But both are ailing and perhaps are not at their best anymore. Djokovic more jury is out and we will soon see in Geneva this week.
"Probably he’s (Novak) not playing his best tennis, he’s not winning tournaments, but he’s able to play Roland Garros and win it." he continued. "Novak has that talent, not winning tournaments for a year and then the big moments, the big tournaments, he’s able to win and to show his best tennis, and everybody thinks, 'How is that possible’? That’s the Novak Djokovic spirit and that’s why he’s one of the best in history."
"Like Novak, probably Rafa is not playing his best tennis, he’s not feeling well physically, but, at Roland Garros, I think he has chances to play great tennis and do a great result. He has shown over the years that he’s able to do it."

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