Novak Djokovic beat Carlos Alcaraz in the Masters Tournament and that has had consequences for the Spanish tennis player. He no longer feels as powerful as before. “He is still 20 years old. Many people said when he was already number one that he still has a lot of things to do and in these types of situations you can see it. On a tennis level, on these types of surfaces, we still have a little bit to do, and on a mental level, the fact of facing it knowing that you are going to have a very tough game, you have to be a little better prepared,” he assured in SER, Juan Carlos Ferrero, his coach, more critical than usual against Alcaraz. The Spanish tennis player has finished the season tired, explained his coach: “You have to work everything, but you have to get used to the fact that if you play at such a high level, every week you have the demand to win, to play against the best and that demand, sometimes, takes you to the limit of mental fatigue.
Carlos Alcaraz has not been prepared for such a long season, he has not given the expected and constant level: “The calendar is as it is and there are obligations on the part of the ATP to play the Masters 1000 and of the ITF for the Grand Slams. Making the calendar shorter than what we have done this year is difficult. They have played 18 tournaments, which are really quite few, but he has played many games and that is what has led him to that level of mental fatigue in the end,” said Ferrero, who criticized his pupil: “It is what I said the other day in an interview, he has to learn that the season is long, that it is his job and he can’t have as many breaks as he would like. If you want to be the best you have to act like the best and be professional all year round. It is what it is and we have to accept it. The calendar is what we have,” he told him in public.
In any case, he acknowledged that the surface had not helped: “For that we have an indoor track where we train and he is going to achieve it. He has ended up with a very bad feeling, like feeling a little inferior, but I think that is a little far from reality . We all know that Djokovic is the best of all time and the one who is in the most shape at the moment and indoors it becomes more difficult to beat him.”