Daniil Medvedev explains Carlos Alcaraz's crisis

The young Spaniard has been in a psycho-physical crisis since his Wimbledon victory until today

by Lorenzo Ciotti
Daniil Medvedev explains Carlos Alcaraz's crisis
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Daniil Medvedev won the challenge against his countryman Andrey Rublev and achieved his first victory in the group at the ATP Finals in Turin. The world number three, who arrived at the press conference after the match, was asked about Carlos Alcaraz, who is going through a not very brilliant period, especially after his success at Wimbledon.

"Two or three months ago I would have been very surprised if Sascha had beaten Carlos, but tennis is a very, very complicated sport. Right now, for some reason, the feeling is that Alcaraz is playing slower than before and doesn't have the same confidence he had the rest of the season," he said.

The Russian tennis player thinks it is a problem that can happen to anyone, even one of the greatest of all time: "This can happen to anyone, even Novak, who went through similar moments when he was younger. It was very surprising to see how the Sascha's shots were faster than his during the second set.

The question is when he will be back to his best." The Russian then focused on the match played against his friend Rublev: "It was a tough match, especially in the first set. I think these matches can go one way or the other, so I'm happy to have served well and made fewer errors on break points.

His performance dropped in the second set precisely because of the first. I'm really happy to have won. 81 games played? The reason why I played all these matches is because I won some tournaments and reached several finals. My team and I try to establish the best program possible: I'm happy to be in shape right now."

Medvedev's next opponents

The former US Open champion appeared centered and strongly determined to achieve the result, avenging last year's defeat at the year.end Master against his friend-rival.

A victory that puts him in a more comfortable situation, in view of the two most demanding matches of the group, against Alexander Zverev and Carlos Alcaraz. The Spaniard lost against the German, suffering an unexpected comeback, which already puts him at risk of qualifying.

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