Carlos Alcaraz backs himself to upstage the icons at Wimbledon

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Carlos Alcaraz in action

Rising Spanish star Carlos Alcaraz has backed his game to bring him success on grass and believes he can win Wimbledon this year.

Alcaraz said that his aggressive style of play would suit grass and he felt assured in his own abilities despite admitting that he hadn’t had the best buid-up to the tournament.

The youngster has a pair of ATP 1000 titles in the bag already this season and his confidence is becoming something of a trademark.

“You think that you are able to adapt your game to grass court,” Alcaraz said.

“I would say I have a game is going to adapt well on grass, trying to go to the net, playing aggressive.

“I would say I’m able to play well on grass. Well, I already say I couldn’t prepare well for Wimbledon this year, but I always come to every tournament thinking that I’m able to do a good results or even able to win the tournament.”

Alcaraz begins his second Championships Wimbledon on Court One against Germany’s Jan-Lennard Struff.

Alcaraz is projected to face Novak Djokovic in the quarter-finals if both men reach the last eight.

The young Spanish star claimed victory in the first-ever meeting between the two earlier this season, in doing so becoming the first man to beat both Rafael Nadal and Djokovic in a clay tournament.

Alcaraz opined that just as Nadal has adapted his game for grass and won Wimbledon twice, so he can come good on the tricky surface.

“Well, of course, watching Rafa is, I would say, more for clay courts,” he said. “[But he] wins so many tournaments on grass. He has wonn twice here in Wimbledon.”

Alcaraz adds that he has been watching a lot of tape to prepare for Wimbledon including videos of British No 2 Dan Evans.

“I’m trying to see the trainings of the best players,” Alcaraz said.

“[Dan] Evans, I think he plays very well on grass. I’m trying to copy some things from the best ones. I always watch videos of Federer, Djokovic, Rafa, Andy (Murray) as well, trying to copy the moves and stuff from them.

The hardest thing I would say is to move. For me to move well on grass is the hardest thing. Well, I would say to play aggressive, trying to go to the net, this is the best part to translate into my game from other surface to this one.”

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