Carlos Alcaraz under investigation for ‘lack of discipline’ at Australian Open as veteran says ‘you can’t do that’

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Carlos Alcaraz under investigation for ‘lack of discipline’ at Australian Open as veteran says ‘you can’t do that’ – Gudstory

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Carlos Alcaraz has come under scrutiny among tennis pundits after Alexander Zverev’s exit from the Australian Open.

Zverev produced a brilliant performance at the Rod Laver Arena on Wednesday, defeating the world number two in four sets.

Reigning Wimbledon champion Alcaraz was competing in her first quarterfinal in Melbourne.

But he won only four games in the first two sets, leaving him on the brink of an exit in the last eight.

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Carlos Alcaraz is facing criticism after his exit from Australian Open


Alcaraz won the tie-break to take the third set and keep his hopes alive, but Zverev was too strong, sealing a place in the semi-finals against Daniil Medvedev with the win.

Commenting on the Spaniard’s performance, former Australian Open champion Justine Henin said she ‘still has a lot to learn’.

And now there has been more reaction, with seven-time Grand Slam winner Mats Wilander delivering a scathing verdict.

Wilander admitted that he was worried for Alcaraz after the first few points of the match against Zverev, saying that he could not have started the way he did.

And he wonders whether the 20-year-old needs to change his approach to fulfill his potential.

Wilander said on Eurosport: “The first few points in the match worry most people. You can’t do that when you play against Alexander Zverev.”

“When you play against Rafa you can do that [Nadal] or novak [Djokovic]Where you have a chance to take a break and give yourself some time, but when you’re playing a person like that, the first two points [your] The service game is huge because [if they] Go up for a break, that’s it.

“In the Wimbledon final against Djokovic, he started serve for the match with a drop shot, lost it, and then hit another drop shot, won and held serve. Do we want that as fans? change it?

“It’s the same as Nick Kyrgios. I want to see him win majors, but do I want him to hit the tweeners? I’m not really sure. Alcaraz is kind of the same way.”

Former Austrian star Barbara Schatz also took aim at Alcaraz’s performance.

He claimed that the 2022 US Open winner lacks discipline. Schatz said: “I don’t really see him as a showman. Nick Kyrgios, Gael Monfils and Frances Tiafoe are showmen.

“Alcaraz is very young and he has games from time to time where he doesn’t have a game plan. He’s not very disciplined with his shot selection.

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Carlos Alcaraz’s approach at the Australian Open has been questioned


“That was the case yesterday. We have to give him some time; those matches don’t happen often anymore.”

Former British No. 1 Laura Robson agrees that Alcaraz has shown a lack of discipline.

But she doesn’t want that to eliminate ‘crazy shots’ from her game.

Robson said: “There are no nerves for Carlos because he is having a bit of a slump after Wimbledon – I wouldn’t even call it that.

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Carlos Alcaraz defeated by Alexander Zverev in four sets in Australian Open


“There have been a few months where he hasn’t played as disciplined as he did there.

“It’s a little bit of discipline that his game lacks because he wants to have all these crazy shots, but you can. That’s half the fun. That’s why you pick up a racquet in the first place.

“You don’t want to lose that part of your game. No stress, no drama, and we’ll be talking about him for the next 10 or 15 years.”


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