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Alcaraz puts things in perspective after loss to Korda in Monte-Carlo: “It’s not a die”

The teenager said he’ll recover quickly after only his third loss of the year

Carlos Alcaraz Monte-Carlo Laurent Lairys / Panoramic

Rolex Monte-Carlo Masters Draw Order of play

Together with the incredible level of his tennis in 2022, part of what has made Carlos Alcaraz so impressive as he continues to rise through the sport has been his ability to put things into perspective, to accept the losses as well as the wins.

On a windy Wednesday in Monte-Carlo, the 18-year-old’s hopes of adding the title to the one he won in Miami were ended first time out when he was beaten 7-6 (2), 6-7 (5), 6-3 by American Sebastian Korda.

It was just his third loss of the year and though the teenager admitted that losing hurt, he said he would recover quickly from the defeat.

“It belongs to your work,” Alcaraz said. “I mean, you have to live the loses as good as you can. I mean, it’s a lose; it’s not a die, you know. Next week you have another chance to get better.”

Alcaraz led 3-0 in the first set and twice served for the set only to lose the tiebreak and then let slip an early 2-0 lead in the third as Korda ran out a convincing winner in the end.

“I’m a bit disappointed with myself,” he said. “I had a lot of chances to be up in the match and close to win, but, I mean, these losses sometimes is good to live. You have to play, as I said, to play matches.

“It’s never easy to get used to play on clay court. The first match is always tough, even when you are playing against Sebastian, a great player. I mean, today was difficult conditions, the wind and everything. Now is time to be focused on the next tournament and, yeah, keep playing on clay.”

Next stop for Alcaraz will be next week’s event in Barcelona.

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