Carlos Alcaraz was unable to withstand the pressure of the match and being seeded number 2 in a Master 1000 tournament. This was confirmed by himself in the press conference after his debut defeat in the Canadian competition.
In Montreal the first surprise undoubtedly concerned the departure of the Spaniard, beaten by the solid American Tommy Paul with a score of 6-7, 7-6, 6-3, who did not give up even when he finished down by a set and a break.
The world number 4 presented himself at the press conference and said: "I always say that the first few games are never easy. Changing surfaces is certainly not easy but I think Paul played a great challenge and deserved the victory.
The only thing I can say is that I have to learn the lesson of this race. I couldn't show my best level here. In the early rounds, like this one, you have to fight your opponents and yourself. It wasn't easy to deal with those moments when I wasn't playing my best.
It was a battle against myself." Alcaraz had a chance in the second set, when he was 4-1 ahead and seemed apparently in control: "I had my chances, like at the start of the second set or in that match point in the tiebreak, but I made a lot of mistakes.
He played very well in those difficult moments and served me well throughout the game. I think it was all a mix, I didn't offer a good performance and he played very well. Currently I'm angry. I also had my chance to snatch him at the start of the third set.
I was dominating those points but I made bad decisions. This frustrated me. It is true that at the end of the game it was the phase in which I played best. I am angry that I was unable to bring out my tennis for the rest of the confrontation.
For the first time I could not bear the pressure. Being seeded number 2 in the draw and number 4 in the word, it was the first time I felt that pressure and couldn't control it. I need to train and be prepared for this tension. I have to learn how to do it, that's all I can say now."