What is Alcaraz best surface

What is Alcaraz best surface


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MeatTornado

Talk Tennis Guru
Grass seems to reward him quite well, but we still need to see more before deciding if last year was a fluke or not.

Clay should be his best in theory, but RG has actually been a real struggle for him since breaking out, even the win this year. And he's never done anything at the non-Madrid Masters either.

Hard court feels like the safe answer, particularly the slower ones. Those feel just right.
 

Ray Mercer

Hall of Fame
He’s kind of like Djokovic in that he doesn’t have obvious strengths that tie to one surface. Federer had a fantastic serve, footwork, slice and good volleys so grass was perfect for him. Nadal was the ultimate retriever and his lefty topspin made the ball jump insanely high which was perfect for clay. Alcaraz’s worst surface is probably fast hard because his loopy balls can be teed off on and he’s not a master of taking the ball on the rise.
 
Clay is where he will win the chunk of his titles. Wimbledon will be sinners backyard now with Djoker retiring. . As will AO. US open will probably remain up for grabs with anyone. No one will dominate it
 

The Guru

Legend
It should be clay if he figures out to use his strengths more effectively on it. But it could be grass for now with his elite return/footwork and ability to handle slices as significant strengths on the surface.

It's funny Carlos said yesterday he thinks his best surface is hard court and I think it's possible it ends up being his worst
 

Hitman

Bionic Poster
Clay.

He could have been sitting on two RG had he not cramped due to nerves last year against Djokovic. He was dead even in that semi and actually had the momentum on his side. But I also feel that loss lead to Djokovic taking his eye off the ball at W and underestimating him.

He won this RG after basically playing three clay matches, and being injured this season...
 

jl809

Hall of Fame
I think we should wait and see for Wimbledon this year. Right now I’d say clay, he can handle both Madrid and RG pretty damn well. I think on hard he can be rushed and hit off the court a bit although his USO 22 match vs Sinner was impressive on that lower bouncing court
 

Tano

Semi-Pro
Clay.

He could have been sitting on two RG had he not cramped due to nerves last year against Djokovic. He was dead even in that semi and actually had the momentum on his side. But I also feel that loss lead to Djokovic taking his eye off the ball at W and underestimating him.

He won this RG after basically playing three clay matches, and being injured this season...
Does that say good things about Alcaraz or bad things about the competence in the tour?
 

Phenomenal

Hall of Fame
The thing is not every HC is same vice versa for clay we all know that. So should ask different question rather than basic. Lol Even RG is different from day to night AO too.

Which slam is Alcaraz's best? Not clear yet ofc but i believe one of the last 2.
 

Phenomenal

Hall of Fame
I think today just confusing every tournament and conditions bit different. You can't count same IW to Cincy etc. Varies a lot at the same time they feel close too in some way.


I heard Sinner said Halle is obviously very different to Wimbledon etc. Medvedev says IW like clay saw that today Alcaraz said RG is like hard court.
 

Phenomenal

Hall of Fame
Madrid? Not really.
He struggled against every Tom, Dick & Harry last year & even this year.
He has quite good record only lost this year since 2021 while he didn't do anything in MC to Rome even in RG didn't reach final until this year. He struggles on RG to me somehow just too early.
 

Krish0608

G.O.A.T.
I would say clay. His weaknesses are more exposed on hard and while he's good on grass I don't think he'll be consistently great at it.
 

SonnyT

Legend
Alcaraz treats RG as though it's grass. He made too much UE's, and didn't hit those moon shots that were the clay repertoire of Nadal.
 

Sport

G.O.A.T.
He’s made 18 Fs and won 14 titles. Out of those 18 Fs 11 of them were on clay and 8/14 of his titles also came on clay.
But his aggressive game feels more natural to hard. He wins on clay cause no one is better than him on the surface, not because he plays better on clay than on hard. There's more competition on hard than on clay, as players nowadays especialize on hard due to the fact that most of the tour is played on hard.
 

soldat

Semi-Pro
He is equally good on all surfaces, similar to Djokovic.

There was also an interview when Djokovic was asked if Alcaraz played like Nadal and Djokovic responded that Alcaraz is a complete player, unlike Nadal
 
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