Carlos Alcaraz admitted he “wants to enhance a number of issues” after struggling a shock defeat to American Tommy Paul within the Nationwide Financial institution Open semi-finals in Toronto.
Wimbledon champion Alcaraz, who was on a 14-match successful streak, made a sluggish begin for the third straight match in Toronto and fell to a 6-3 4-6 6-3 defeat – his first for the reason that French Open semi-finals in June – with the loss a blow to his preparations forward of the defence of his US Open title.
“I realise that I did not play nicely, these matches,” Alcaraz mentioned after shedding to Paul for a second straight yr in Canada. “All I can do now could be follow to be higher. I’ve some weeks earlier than the US Open.
“However now I’ve to be centered on Cincinnati. It is a Masters 1000. It is a massive event as nicely. Clearly, I take a number of classes from this event.
“I believe I did nicely some issues, however in all probability all the things will be higher. I all the time say you will be higher in all the things even when you’ve performed your finest matches in your profession.
“However proper now, I’ve to enhance a number of issues, getting extra confidence in my sport.”
Alcaraz might meet Paul once more in Cincinnati subsequent week and the 20-year-old is conscious of the menace the American poses within the final warm-up event earlier than the US Open from August 28 to September 10 – stay on Sky Sports activities.
“He is definitely an entire participant. The matches that we have performed have been actually robust ones – final yr in Miami and this one,” Alcaraz mentioned.
“He is a extremely stable participant. Has nice expertise, nice photographs. He is actually quick as nicely.
“So he is among the best gamers on the planet proper now. There isn’t any doubt about it. He is actually robust on each floor. He is a mixture of all the things. It makes him actually robust.”
Wozniacki to fulfill Svitolina in Cincy
A battle of WTA stars who had infants in October headline the ladies’s draw of the Western & Southern in Cincinnati.
Caroline Wozniacki shall be taking part in her second occasion since popping out of retirement to tackle Wimbledon semi-finalist Elina Svitolina within the opening spherical.
Wozniacki had her second youngster – James – in October, simply days after Svitolina welcomed her first – a daughter, Skai.
Prime seed and world No 1 Iga Swiatek, will face both American wild card Danielle Collins or Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova.
Novak Djokovic, a two-time event champion, returns to North America for the primary time for the reason that 2021 US Open ultimate.
The second seed will play both Alejandro Davidovich Fokina or Tomas Martin Etcheverry with British No 1 Cameron Norrie and Jannik Sinner probably past that, whereas Borna Coric will start his title defence towards Sebastian Korda.
Andy Murray has been drawn to face eleventh seed Karen Khachanov, however the Scot will wait and see whether or not he recovers in time for the event after pulling out of the Nationwide Financial institution Open with an stomach pressure forward of Thursday’s match towards Italy’s Sinner.