Carlos Alcaraz Reveals Newly Added Trait to His Arsenal as He Takes on Novak Djokovic at the ATP Finals

Published 11/18/2023, 1:03 PM EST

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Dealing with losses and still not giving up is not everyone’s cup of tea. However, the World’s No.2 Carlos Alcaraz has proved yet again why every pioneer of tennis acknowledges his talent. Alcaraz recently had to face a lot of pits before he could form a stable footing. However, it seems like he has established himself for the second time and is ready for the upcoming match against the World’s No.1 Novak Djokovic.

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In his recent statement, the Spaniard mentioned his mental fortitude and the way he has worked on it. He also acknowledged Djokovic’s strength, but the champ remains confident in his own abilities.

Carlos Alcaraz about mental strength

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In the face of adversity at the ATP Finals, Carlos Alcaraz exhibited such resilience that could rival any seasoned player. The journey to the semi-finals at the ATP Finals was a rollercoaster. It started with a setback against Alexander Zverev. However, Alcaraz’s comeback was nothing short of impressive. He secured victories against Andrey Rublev and Daniil Medvedev in his next two matches. This not only propelled him to the semi-finals but also marked the end of a recent string of losses. Amidst the anticipation surrounding his clash with Djokovic, Alcaraz faced a question from the press about his mental preparation.

The question majorly focused on his development since the French Open. Alcaraz responded with a candid acknowledgment of his mental growth. Contrasting his experiences in Paris, he emphasized his improved ability to navigate pressure and challenging moments. He said: “Probably I’m stronger mentally. Right now, comparing to Paris, I’ve spoken about dealing with the pressure, dealing with tough, tough moments. In Paris I didn’t deal with the pressure. I learned about that situation.”

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His journey from Paris to Wimbledon and Cincinnati served as a pivotal learning curve. It culminated in a realization that facing a formidable opponent like Djokovic required a lot of mental strength. Alcaraz stated: “I think I’m ready to face him tomorrow.”

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This declaration hinted at a transformative process. Alcaraz not only identified the mental hurdles but actively addressed and conquered them. As the stage is set for the semi-finals, Alcaraz’s statement had a newfound confidence. This sets the tone for a clash that extends beyond physical prowess.

From disappointment to determination

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Carlos Alcaraz’s journey to the semi-finals wasn’t without its shadows. Not long ago, he faced the bitter taste of disappointment at the Paris Masters. It was a moment that almost dimmed his aspirations. Expressing his disappointment, he even gave up the pursuit of claiming the world No.1 title for the year.

However, the recent transformation in Alcaraz’s mindset is nothing short of intriguing. The shift from a crestfallen state to considering himself mentally strong enough to confront a powerhouse like Djokovic is enough evidence of the fact.

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This unexpected yet inspiring metamorphosis sheds light on Alcaraz’s ability to bounce back from setbacks. It also portrays a narrative that transcends mere tennis matches. What are your thoughts on this? Let us know in the comments.

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“…to those who thought you were putting water on my fire, you were really adding gas to it and now I’m burning so bright right now” – Coco Gauff, 2023 US Open. Ever since Naomi Osaka’s infamous withdrawal from the tennis circuit due to her deteriorating mental health in the 2021 French Open, I have been enamored by tennis stars and their psyche. With a background in psychology, I am interested in delving into the minds of the sport's biggest stars while keeping my readers informed about the latest in the tennis world, from on-court action to personal stories.
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