Carlos Alcaraz: Final Press Conference | Wimbledon 2023Jul 17, 2023
thank you sorry good evening welcome to Carlos's
conferenceWimbledon champion how does Carlos feel being Wimbledon champion uh good for me uh you know being Wimbledon champion something that I really wanted uh and honestly I didn't expect you uh to get it, you know very soon, and yes, it's time to enjoy and you know, to see everything, all my feelings, and yes, it's like I say, it's Adrian, hello, many people have talked about a change of generations as a change. Jeez, how important was it for you to be kind of like Novak in his prime on a stage like this?
Well, I did it for myself, not for the tenth generation, honestly, but you know it was great, you know, but you know, at its best uh at this stage uh you know making history uh being the guy that you know he is after 10 years I'm playing that chord it's amazing to me um something that's something I'll never forget that's for sure but uh I said It's cool, I think you know that for the new generations too. I think seeing me hit him, hit him and make them think they're capable of doing it, too, so it's great for me.
And I think for the young players as well, regardless of that, congratulations, what did you change at the beginning of the second set or did that change for you because you were really fighting for the first 40 minutes of the match and then what happened that allowed you to do that? ? fight and get revenge and keep playing, you know, even on the court, well, it was difficult at first, I don't know, honestly, but you know, I thought they were playing very well, I was playing at a good level. I had opportunities. he knows how to play with himself or I was close to breaking his surface, you know, I couldn't stand it and that's a problem, you know when you don't take advantage of opportunities against a legend like Noah.
You have to fight yourself, you know, but in the second set I knew I was going to have my chances. I had to concentrate. I had to stay there waiting for my chance to You know to be on top or to be close to the score and you know after winning the second set it was really good for me because if I had lost that said I probably couldn't leave the trophy, I probably could. I've lost in three sets and I've beaten sets, you know, and I would say that gave me a lot of confidence, a lot of motivation, you know, to keep going and you know to think that I can beat Noah King at that stage.
Girls, uh, question, going back to the French Open and the cramps that you suffered in that match, just the feelings that you had after that semi-
final, what steps did you take, if anything, to make sure that you were able to continue like you did? five strong backless sets today and was there any kind of change in your recovery approach? Something like that to make sure you stay on point. If I say again, please just in terms of your recovery, do five sets and move on. Head to head on Novak today, you know, I know you wanted to do that at Roland Garros, it wasn't possible the way they were, but what allowed you to do it today, yeah, well, like I said before, I'm a totally different player, Like, uh, well done.
French Open I grew a lot from that moment. I learned a lot from that moment, you know, like I said before the
final, I learned the lesson from that match. I did something different, you know, before the game, I prepared a little bit. different mentally before the match and you know I could deal with the
pressure and the nerves better than at the French Open, you know, obviously, on grass it's different than on clay, but you know, I'm very happy for you. I know I can stay there uh I didn't get depressed I didn't give up uh and I saw you know until the last ball every ball I think we had great rallies great points uh and it was uh you know a long long match, long sets and you know, I think it was the mental part that allowed me to stay there for the five sets.
Congratulations Carlos, I wanted to ask you before the final, you said that this was your big moment. of your life and your fun ride, it was just another match, possibly I want, I want to ask you why it was the most important moment of your life, you are only 20 years old, there will be many, many Grand Slam finals, but why was this so important moment for you, well, right now, yes, it is the happiest moment of my life, surely in five years there will be a good change, but right now I am 20. I didn't raise too many situations like this, so I'm going to enjoy this moment , but you know, I'm making history, what I did today, yeah, it's the happiest moment of my life and I don't think I'll be attending for a long time, so, yeah, it's like Billy Nowak won, women. long, uh, the championship is something I dream about, you know, since I started playing tennis, that's why this is the most important moment of my life.
Alice, you said right then, you know, enjoy this, what's the plan for tonight. Any mileage plans, party plans, well, I have the official one. dinner like every year uh uh and then I don't know and I spend time with my family, that's for sure, but I don't know where, yeah, foreigner. Novak was asked to describe what he believes are your best qualities he said you have. a little bit of him, a little bit of Roger Federer and a little bit of toughness on the dummy, well, I guess I wanted to ask you what your reaction is to that.
I think you gave us a little bit, but also how you would describe it. As a player, what do you think are your best qualities? Well, it's crazy that no one honestly says that, but you know, I consider myself a really complete pleasure, I think I have the thoughts, I have the strength, physically, I put in the effort mentally, that's enough. I know uh Nuance this uh these situations uh I don't know he's probably right uh but no, I don't want to think about that uh I want you to think that I'm uh you know, Carlos, let's say but I probably have a great skill from each player, what did you learn about yourself today?
Good question, I don't know, probably not, I'm actually capable of, you know, doing the things I did today. Probably before this match I thought that I was not ready, you know, to beat Djokovic in five sets and I chose this way or, you know, stay well physically or mentally, you know, about five hours against the legend probably that I learned uh uh today about me today did you change anything in the way you considered Djokovic before this final match you said of course he was nervous because it wasn't like that because it was him like he was superior to you.
Did you change anything at that point today? Yes, I mean, before demanding so much. I thought I can't beat Noah, that's obviously, but you know, after this epic match, let's say, yeah, I think differently, you know. Novak in the way that probably in other tournaments in other Grand Slams I will look back on this moment and think okay, I'm ready to play five sets against him, good rallies, good sets, really long, long math. stay there physically, mentally and, you know, tennis in general, so probably, since my mind is a little bit after this, hi Carlos Emily, your family obviously loves tennis as much as you do, you've talked about your father , can you just? describe how that moment felt to give them that experience of becoming Wimbledon champion because it was very emotional to see you uh yeah, you know, it's a great moment not only for me but for my family, for all the people around me, it's really very special moment, you know, I impersonate anything, thanks to my dad, my dad, he's a really big tennis fan, I mean, he, he, he was watching tennis, you know, before I was born, so it's crazy, He has his whole life, it's all about tennis, you know? and I think for them to see their son make history in the trophy to hear a woman alone is something incredible for them, for me to have them there and give them a big hug, you know it's something that I will never forget.
I hope I have a photo of that moment because I will keep it forever. Thank you for us.
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