Alcaraz Admits How Djokovic Frustrated Him Despite Playing His Best Tennis At Times

Alcaraz Admits How Djokovic Frustrated Him Despite Playing His Best Tennis At Times

by Sebastian Dahlman

Carlos Alcaraz was visibly frustrated during his match against Novak Djokovic at the 2023 ATP Finals, throwing his racquet at one point.

Despite playing tennis with a lot of passion, Alcaraz is not known for explosive racquet throwing or similar things. It did happen in his most recent match against Djokovic when he threw his racquet toward his bench after getting broken for a 5-2 score in the second set.

It was a bad match from the Spaniard, which was very frustrating because he actually opened it well. He seemed to be focused and played the rallies pretty well, but throughout the match, Djokovic established control.

The racquet throw was a combination of frustration and desperation because the Spaniard couldn't find a breakthrough no matter what he tried. He was asked about it by the media after the match and made some comments.

Well, yeah, it was an unbelievable point. I would say I couldn't play better this point. Even that, I lost it. It's a little bit frustration for me to play my best tennis in that point. Even that, I lost it. It was the same for me.

The whole sequence included some passionate words exchanged with his coach, Juan Carlos Ferrero, which also drew interest. They seemed to be at odds during the exchange which also doesn't happen often. He talked about that as well.

I mean, he was telling me that I have to stay strong mentally, I have to stay strong there, but I couldn't. I couldn't. Is something that I have to improve, for example. He told me before the match to stay focus in the first shots. Here in this match I had 15 times that I had a mistake from the first shot. For me, was tough to deal with that.

In some specific moments, some difficult moments, just serve and had a mistake during the first shot for me was a pity. For me was really, really tough to deal with. That's what I was thinking about.


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