Carlos Alcaraz to CNN: ‘I’m playing unbelievable tennis’
Carlos Alcaraz is one of the most entertaining tennis players you’ll ever meet. Alcaraz is in excellent physical shape, not only do you feel a little bit like a rock star when you see him, but you also get a little bit of a buzz from watching him play.
The Spaniard is a five-time champion who is also a four-time Grand Slam champion. He is the defending French Open champion, and will look to add to his winning record as he battles fellow Spanish player Rafael Nadal.
Alcaraz came into this French Open seeded as the second best player after Roger Federer, but it took an entire tournament to make that case. In the semifinals, No. 1, he lost to No. 3 Rafael Nadal who ended the tournament with a record of seven finals. With a win on Saturday, Alcaraz would have become the first Spaniard to win the French Open.
He didn’t play his best at the end of the tournament as he could have reached a higher level but ended the tournament with a loss. After that, Nadal went on winning his career to win the 2016 French Open.
We sat down with Carlos Alcaraz live from the Parisian nightlife of the legendary Hôtel de Crillon, located in the 1st arrondissement.
I have been to the Hôtel de Crillon numerous times, and it has been a true delight to watch your life and your life’s story unfold there.
In a word, you’re a pleasure to be around.
Thanks. I hope you understand that I have no issues with your criticism.
So why do you think it took so long?
It took 10 years or more, but I made it finally.
How has it been to see a new dawn for you in 2010, the year you turned 45?
I am a very happy man right now. I have a lot of love, and a lot of success. I feel like a 10-year-old in sixth grade with a couple of new friends.
You’ve had five Masters titles, two French Open titles, and one US Open.
It was very hard,