Serena Williams’ Ex-Coach Questions Carlos Alcaraz for Bizarre Decision-Making During His Australian Open Quarterfinal

Published 01/24/2024, 8:46 AM EST

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While the tennis community was expecting a thrilling contest between Alexander Zverev and  Carlos Alcaraz, the quarterfinal match has turned out to be a one-sided affair so far. The 2-time singles Grand Slam champion has been stunned by his German opponent, who is a few points away from a place in the semifinals. The lopsided game has now prompted Serena Williams‘ former coach, Rennae Stubbs, to offer a piece of serious advice to the struggling Spaniard.

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While Zverev is closing in on the semifinals of the Australian Open, the 20-year-old player doesn’t have any answers at the moment. As he struggles to make a comeback in his quarterfinal match, the former Australian player Stubbs questioned Alcaraz’s bizarre decision-making against his German opponent.

Serena Williams’ former coach openly questions whether Carlos Alcaraz knows Alexander Zverev’s strengths

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The sixth-seeded German, who has never prevailed in a matchup against a top-five opponent at a Grand Slam, is currently two sets up against the current world No. 2 player. While showcasing his powerful baseline game and aggressive playing style, Alexander Zverev delivered some fierce backhand shots during his quarterfinal match.

Taking note of his ferocious shots, Rennae Stubbs wondered if the 2-time singles Grand Slam champion knew that Zverev’s strength is his backhand. The Australian tennis coach tweeted, “Does Alcaraz know that Zverevs backhand is his strength?”

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Answering Stubbs in the comments section, a tennis fan page asserted that Alcaraz may be familiar with his German colleague’s backhand shots and game style, as they have locked horns on seven occasions before. The user said, “Yes, he played him 7 times before, and head-to-head is 4-3 (Zverev leads)…Alcaraz won the 2 on clay and one at US OPEN where Zverev was supposedly extremely fatigued from the late match night prior.”

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UPDATE:  Alcaraz has now altered the tide of the match by taking the third set, proving the game to be more competitive than anyone had anticipated. The young Spaniard was down 2-5 and on the verge of facing elimination as his German opponent also later served for the match. But when it mattered most, the second-seeded player somehow managed to make a phenomenal comeback and won the third set 7-6 (7-2).

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Now that the game has flipped, who do you think will prevail in this quarterfinal match of the Australian Open? Also, what do you think of the Australian tennis coach questioning Alcaraz’s bizarre decision-making against Zverev? Let us know in the comments section.

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Anurag Gusain

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Like millions of fans around the world, my foray into the world of tennis began after witnessing the incredible domination of the ?King of Clay? over the past decade. It was my passion for tennis that initially drew me to the dynamic field of sports journalism. My professional journey in sports journalism with EssentiallySports has seen me cover over 1000 articles, focusing on almost every ATP and WTA tournament, including Grand Slams.
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