Carlos Alcaraz hasn't had too many painful losses in his career because, most of the time, he's the one inflicting one. The Spaniard endured a couple of those this year, and dealing with it has been a learning process.
He lost to Novak Djokovic at Roland Garros, though not because he played badly. He dealt with cramps, which was incredibly frustrating for a youngster taking on a player a decade older than him. He promised to do better next time and delivered in the Wimbledon final by beating Novak Djokovic to win his second Grand Slam trophy.
The second painful loss came at the US Open recently. Everybody expected him to best Daniil Medvedev and set up the final against Djokovic, but it didn't happen as he lost the match, blaming 'a lack of maturity' for the loss.
It will sting for a while, according to the former coach of Serena Williams. Rick Macci is a big fan of the Spaniard, famously admitting to us in an exclusive interview that he could become the greatest of all time.
We've had many conversations with Macci about Alcaraz, whom the American sees as a fierce competitor and somebody who will change tennis. The legendary coach said on X that he could see Alcaraz win 3 Grand Slams in 2024 as a result of the painful loss to Medvedev, which should ignite his brutal competitive spirit. Time will tell.
The best thing ever for Carlos Alcaraz was losing in the semis of the US Open. That painful stinging feeling will be a Priceless New York Gold Nugget in his back pocket for life and will IGNITE the Spanish Magician to bust through the Door and maybe grab 3 Slams in 2024.