‘Feel Like I’m Playing At Home’ – Carlos Alcaraz Completely Over-Whelmed by the Massive Fan Support at French Open 2022

Published 05/25/2022, 7:09 PM EDT
Sep 3, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Carlos Alcaraz of Spain celebrates after recording match point against Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece in a third round match on day five of the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

This season Carlos Alcaraz has proved that he is one of the best players in the world. He was a great talent last year, but he went beyond that in 2022. Today, in the second round at the French Open, he again proved his championship mentality against his fellow Spaniard Albert Ramos-Vinolas. After the match, he gave all the credit to the crowd at the Simonne-Mathieu stadium at the French Open. 

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Carlos Alcaraz gives credit to the crowd for his comeback win at the French Open 2022

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During the on-court interview, Alcaraz showed massive appreciation to the crowd for helping him during tough moments in the match. “I feel like I’m playing at home. It wouldn’t be possible if you wouldn’t support me,” Alcaraz said after the match. 

“You always have nerves in a match, but today I wasn’t so nervous. I’m trying not to think it’s the French Open. I want to enjoy. I love battles, I want to have battles with the greatest players in the world… Saving a match point is always difficult. But I believed in myself,” he further added.

Notably, the crowd was fully behind Alcaraz against the other Spaniard. It felt like he was playing in Spain in front of his home crowd. Truly, the crowd helped him a lot, as he almost lost the match in the second round. 

In today’s match, he won the first set pretty easily against Ramos-Vinolas. However, the 34-year-old Spaniard came back in the second and third sets to shock Alcaraz. He won both of those sets by a close margin, which didn’t demoralize the young Spaniard. Then, he fought back with tremendous intensity and won the fourth set. Notably, he was also down a match point, but somehow he survived and won the fourth set tie-break to force a fifth set showdown between the two. 

In the fifth set, he completely dominated his opponent, as Ramos-Vinolas looked completely tired at the end of it. After 4 hours and 34 minutes of intense tennis, Alcaraz finally won the set and the match to move to the next round; the final score was 6-1, 6-7, 5-7, 7-6, 6-4. 

Alcaraz will play a tough opponent in the third round

In the third round, Alcaraz will face Sebastian Korda, who earlier beat the Frenchman Richard Gasquet by 7-6, 6-3,6-3 to reach the next round.

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Incidentally, Alcaraz played 33 matches this year and lost only 3. And one of those losses came against Korda, who beat him at the Monte Carlo Masters earlier in April. 

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It will be interesting to see if the Spaniard can avenge the American. Or will we see the same outcome as before? Let us know in the comments. 

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Debkinkar Maity

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Debkinkar Maity is a Tennis Author at EssentiallySports. His desire to become a sports journalist inspired him to take up a degree in journalism and mass communication, and he hasn't looked back ever since. Following the sport for over a decade now, Debkinkar has an ardent love for Roger Federer.

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