Carlos Alcaraz: "Serena Williams a source of inspiration"

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Carlos Alcaraz: "Serena Williams a source of inspiration"

After the victory with Sebastian Baez, who had just touched the tie break in the first two sets before raising the white flag in the early part of the third, Carlos Alcaraz needed to go beyond the normal only near the finish line to beat Federico Coria.

Emblematic in any case is the 6-1 6-2 7-5 final, the result of a substantially poor performance. The Spaniard spoke of the nice curtain near the net: "Yes, he said something to me when we shook hands. Something like Luckily I beat you when you were 16 and he made me smile because I remember that game perfectly.

I am very happy with today's performance, it was important after the problems I had in the first round. I think I played very well, although I should have stayed more focused in the third set. Perhaps I have conceded a little too much."

Carlos Alcaraz: "Serena Williams a source of inspiration"

Alcaraz also paused with a smile on the compliments received in recent days from Naomi Osaka and Coco Gauff: "I am very happy with the words they have spent for me.

I am very happy with what they have said also because they are two very influential girls who know what they are talking about. For me it is an honor. And also for me as for anyone else in the women's circuit someone like Serena Williams has always been a source of inspiration." The Spaniard did not speak negatively about coaching.

Indeed: "I think it is a very important step for our sport. For me it is an evolution, also because we are talking about something that already exists in other sports. I think it's a wise decision and I hope they decide to keep it even after this tournament." In the third round the challenge with Jason Brooksby, a somewhat surprising execution of the champion of the revived champion of Cincinnati, Borna Coric.

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