Carlos Alcaraz gives insights into Djokovic's tough recoveries after late-night finishes

Monday, 03 June 2024 at 07:07
Carlos Alcaraz has opened up about personally disliking the Night Session and used Novak Djokovic as an example in his thinking with the World No.1 finishing at around 3:09am against Lorenzo Musetti.
Alcaraz who will face Stefanos Tsitsipas saw off Felix Auger-Aliassime 6-3, 6-3, 6-1 to reach the Quarter-Finals. But he often just misses out on playing the Night Session due to other players including Jannik Sinner often getting picked in that slot. He may have to play it next time, but he admitted the challenges that face players.
As well as quipping that Djokovic likely slept at around 6am at least after the latest finish ever at the tournament by some distance which really stunts recovery.
"Well for me I don't like night sessions, but it is not because of the crowd. I think the crowd in the night session is special. But we, so late, have to do press conferences, physio and ice bath. We have to do a lot of things that are really important for the recovery for the next matches. Not only the last ball, we have a lot of important things to do," Alcaraz said.
"Novak [Djokovic], I'm sure he went to go to sleep at 6:00a.m. after the last one finished at three, something like that. Three hours between the last point until he went to go to sleep. So it's really difficult to recover when you are going to go to sleep so so late."
"I mean for me it's much better to finish at six, having dinner in a really good restaurant, good food. Everything is better if you finish early. But the night session, it's a real thing. We can't change it but we have to adapt ourselves as much as or as better as we can to those matches."

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