Former French Open champion Adriano Panatta is very impressed by Carlos Alcaraz but he spotted something in his approach that he's not a fan of.
Carlos Alcaraz has collected many fans among former professionals and tennis legends and Panatta certainly sees a great future for him. The Spaniard lost a final for the first time in his career against Lorenzo Musetti in Hamburg and Panatta thinks his approach to the match cost him the trophy.
According to the Italian, Alcaraz doesn't take lower-ranked players as seriously as he takes the top ones creating a disadvantage for himself in the matchups. He explained:
"When he has a top player in front of him, he gives his best and is really very strong, when instead he finds himself fighting against someone who on paper is not classified like him, he almost seems to be offended. It is not something that can be done, certainly not now. Also because, as we have seen, the consequences are paid."
It's an interesting take and it's certainly not something that Alcaraz would agree on but top players do tend to time themselves depending on the matchup. Novak Djokovic had to fight back in many matches because he started slow.