Carlos Alcaraz: “I have great respect for Lorenzo Musetti”


Carlos Alcaraz won the ninth title of his career, the second in a row in Barcelona, beating Stefanos Tsitsipas in the final with a score of 6-3, 6-4. The Spanish tennis player managed not to lose a single set during the Catalan event despite some not exactly brilliant performances.

Winning a tournament not at the best of your conditions without conceding sensational chances to your opponents is a symptom of a strength that belongs only to great champions, just like Alcaraz.

The Spaniard, in the press conference, also talked about his relationship with his young Italian colleagues Lorenzo Musetti and Jannik Sinner.

He said to Sky Sport: “We’ve known Musetti since we were kids, there’s great respect. We shared many moments together, like the Davis Cup as a junior. I have great respect for him, I still remember the final of the Hamburg tournament where he beat me.

With Sinner we are rivals but also friends, there is great respect. I didn’t know about his renunciation in Madrid, but I’m sure we’ll see each other in Rome and it will be 100%. “

Alcaraz on the win against Tsitsipas in Barcelona

The young Spanish champion said: “I expressed a great level, it was definitely the best match in this tournament for me. I was good at playing this tennis against a great opponent like Tsitsipas. I always say that finals are not played but won. I did it and I’m really happy to have won this final. It’s amazing to play in Spain in front of my fans. I felt special sensations from the first game. Thank you all, I couldn’t have asked for a better crowd.”

Alcaraz will be busy this week at the Masters 1000 in Madrid, a tournament in which Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Matteo Berrettini and Sinner himself will not participate. The Italian has decided to take a week off so as not to put his body at risk after the numerous matches played in recent weeks. Nadal should come back in Rome or at the Roland Garros.

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