Zverev aims for first grand slam win, Alcaraz seeks…

French Open: Zverev aims for first grand slam win, Alcaraz seeks to enter Spanish list

Considering that he is only 21 years old, Carlos Alcaraz’s childhood in Spain wasn’t that long ago. After school, he would quickly turn on the TV to watch the French Open.

Alcaraz, of course, watched a lot of Rafael Nadal matches long before he was getting ready to play in Sunday’s Paris final against Alexander Zverev, as his compatriot was amassing an unprecedented 14 titles at Roland Garros.

“I desired to be listed among the Spanish players who emerged victorious in this competition.

French Open: Zverev aims for first grand slam win, Alcaraz seeks to enter Spanish list
French Open: Zverev aims for first grand slam win, Alcaraz seeks to enter Spanish list

Not just Rafa, “said Alcaraz, who went on to list previous winners including Juan Carlos Ferrero, who also happens to be his coach, Carlos Moya, and Albert Costa, referring to them as “legends from our sport that won this tournament.”

He might soon follow in their footsteps. Alcaraz has already won on the hard courts of the US Open in 2022 and the grass courts of Wimbledon in 2023.

Now, he’s just one win away from taking home a trophy on the red clay of Court Philippe Chatrier in southwest Paris.

If he succeeds, he will become the youngest person to own a major championship on all three surfaces; as it stands, he’s the youngest person to reach the finals on each.

German-born Zverev is attempting to win his maiden grand slam championship. At the 2020 US Open, he lost in five sets after blowing a two-set lead to Dominic Thiem.

“I was not ready, as I have stated previously and will say once more now. Winning my first Grand Slam final did not prepare me. I wasn’t old enough. Perhaps I was still too much of a child. I had no idea what the occasion signified.

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And that’s why I lost,” Zverev remarked, recalling the events that transpired in the Covid-19 pandemic at an almost deserted Arthur Ashe Stadium.

I’m currently 27 years old. Thus, obviously no longer a child. growing older already. When, if not now, will it be?

It will be the first French Open final without at least one (and often two) of Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, or Roger Federer since 2004 when No. 3 seed Alcaraz takes against No. 4 seed Zverev.

Alcaraz aspires to be like those players, who are collectively referred to as the Big Three of men’s tennis. They have each won 66 major titles, all of them Grand Slams. “My goal has always been to rank among the world’s top stars.

Like Roger, Novak, Rafa, and (Andy) Murray, I have to be a decent player on all surfaces if I want to be among the best players in the world. According to Alcaraz, the world’s top players were successful on all types of surfaces.

He went on, “I therefore think of myself as a player who very well adapts his style on every surface.”

“For example, even though I grew up playing on clay, I feel more at ease on a hard court.”

Both Alcaraz, who defeated No. 2 Jannik Sinner in five sets on Friday in the semifinals, and Zverev, who defeated No. 7 Casper Ruud in four sets, are skilled on clay.

Zverev, who won the Italian Open last month and defeated Rafael Nadal in the first round of the Paris Open, comes into this Sunday on a 12-match winning streak on the surface.

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Additionally, he is the only guy to have advanced to at least the Roland Garros semifinals in each of the previous four years.

Alcaraz became the first person to defeat Djokovic and Rafael Nadal in back-to-back matches at the same clay-court tournament, winning the 2022 Madrid Open.

Zverev is ranked fourth and Alcaraz third respectively for the most clay-court victories since 2020.

Zverev declared, “You deserve to be in a grand slam final.” “That applies to us both.”

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