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“He’s like a wall.” Alcaraz talks about Medvedev ahead of Wimbledon semi-finals and Spain at Euros

Date: July 24, 2024 Time: 06:03:48

“He’s like a wall.” Alcaraz talks about Medvedev ahead of Wimbledon semi-finals and Spain at Euros

Elena Kuznetsova July 10, 2024, 13:30 Moscow time Audio version: Your browser does not support the audio element.

The current champion of the tournament told how he debates between watching football and his most important tennis matches.

The reigning Wimbledon champion Carlos Alcaraz defeated American Tommy Paul in the quarter-finals of the tournament in four sets. The Spaniard lost the first match, but at the end of the match he dominated so much that he had in mind Spain’s opening semi-final with France at Euro 2024. In a press conference he spoke about the tennis-football ritual with Alvaro Morata and shared his expectations for his semi-final with Daniil Medvedev, whom he called “the wall”.

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“We speak to Alvaro before Spain’s games. This is a ritual for good luck.”

— I am very happy to have reached the semi-finals of Wimbledon. I am satisfied with my level of play and I am looking forward to facing Daniil Medvedev in the semi-finals.

— You finished a little later than the start of the Spanish meeting. When you have a match at the same time as Spain, do you try to finish it quickly so you can watch the football? — At the beginning of the match, to be honest, I didn’t think about that. And when I felt like I was dominating the match, with 5:1 in the fourth set, I thought about it. I thought I had arrived on time. [к началу]but he didn’t have time. After my meeting I did everything quickly to have time to see a bit of Spain.

—Did you speak to anyone from the Spanish national team today? – With Alvaro Morata. I wished them good luck. When I finished, he sent me pictures of himself watching the game before the match. He says that every time we talk, they win. So this is a ritual for good luck.

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— What emotions do you feel about continuing to win, even though you haven’t reached the level we’ve seen in other matches and major tournaments? — We are trying to find solutions. Of course, it is very difficult to play your best tennis in every match. I know that there will be matches where I will not be able to find my best game. But I still have to try to win them. What the Big Three have done throughout their careers is not that they always played their best tennis either. But still, they found their good game to win these matches. That is what I think. When I am not playing my best tennis, I try to find solutions to be a little bit better, just to beat my opponent. Sometimes it will not be easy, but sometimes there will be matches where I did not play brilliantly but at a good enough level to win.

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“Medvedev is like a wall. I can make an incredible shot, but the ball will come back to me.”

— There is a lot of discussion about the conditions at the tournament, the roof is often closed. Some say that the grass on Centre Court and Court 1 is very different. What do you think of the conditions this year? By the way, there was a goal in the match between France and Spain, I don’t know if I can tell you who scored. – It’s not necessary (smiles). The conditions under and without a roof are different. And I felt the difference between the Central and the first court. The grass is different, I had to adapt my game. I felt uncomfortable playing on court number 1 in those conditions. But I tried to adapt and show my best tennis. And in the end I was able to find my good tennis to feel comfortable, although it was not easy.

— Medvedev said that one of his main strengths is the ability to make an excellent shot from any position on the court. What do you think about these words and what do you think is his strongest quality? “I’m glad my opponents think that.” This means they have to maintain maximum concentration with every shot. It doesn’t matter if they attack or defend, they know I’m capable of making an incredible shot, a winner. It’s great that they think that.

The hardest thing about playing against Daniil is that he can get to any ball. He is like a wall. I can make an incredible shot, but the ball will come back to me. It is difficult to play with that in mind. So I will say that this is the most special thing about Daniil’s game.

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