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Carlos Alcaraz happy to progress at Wimbledon while not playing at his best

Carlos Alcaraz happy to progress at Wimbledon while not playing at his best

Carlos Alcaraz was pleased to reach the Wimbledon semi-finals despite not playing at his best.

The Spanish ace fought back to beat Tommy Paul in four sets in his quarter-final match on Tuesday (09.07.24) and pinpointed how the likes of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic have won matches despite not being at their highest level.

Alcaraz said: "I know that there are going to be some matches that I’m not going to find my best tennis even though I have to try to win it.

"I think that’s what the big three did along their career.

"That’s what I’m thinking. When I’m not playing my best tennis, I’m going to try to find solutions just to be a bit better, just to beat the opponent."

The win keeps Alcaraz on course to defend his title at SW19 but he confessed that he didn't enjoy playing on Court One as much as he does on Centre Court.

The world number three said: "I felt the difference playing on Centre Court and on Court One. The grass is different.

"Obviously I feel like it was more sand on Court One than Centre Court. I don’t want to say holes.

"There were more matches on Court One than Centre Court, I had to adapt my game on that.

"I didn’t feel comfortable at all playing on Court One with the conditions on it. As I said, I had to adapt my game on it. I tried to play my best tennis on it.

"Yeah, I think at the end I found it, I found my best tennis and my good tennis just to feel comfortable on it."

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