Paul on Alcaraz: “He’s probably the quickest player”

After their Wimbledon quarter-final match, Tommy Paul calls Carlos Alcaraz the quickest player on tour, and believes the Spaniard’s game is well suited to grass

Tommy Paul and Carlos Alcaraz, QF Wimbledon 2024 Action Plus / Panoramic
Wimbledon •Quarter-final • completed
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Tommy Paul produced a more than respectable performance in his first Wimbledon quarter-final of his career, but, ultimately, lost out to defending champion Carlos Alcaraz in four sets (5-7, 6-4, 6-2, 6-2). The American came back from a break down in the first set, going on to lead by a set and a break, before Alcaraz extracted some crucial unforced errors, broke back, and then more-or-less cruised from there.

The American number two was non-apologetic in his praise for Carlos ALcaraz on Tuesday evening, and commented on how the Wimbledon surface affects the Spaniard’s game style:

“I mean, he moves unbelievably well. He’s probably the quickest player. It’s very hard to get the ball by him. Grass suits him. He moves incredible on the grass. It’s not easy to change direction the way that he does. He stays pretty low. Yeah, I mean, it’s not easy.”

He’s probably the quickest player. It’s very hard to get the ball by him. Grass suits him.

Tommy Paul on Carlos Alcaraz

Paul was also asked about what separates the current Roland-Garros from most of the other players at the very top of the rankings, and the American highlighted how crucial it is to not give Alcaraz any momentum:

“When he starts building energy and building momentum, I don’t know, it feels a little bit different than most of the other guys. He can play some seriously amazing, amazing tennis. Half of the job when you’re out there is not to let him win one of those crazy points because when he does, he kind of gets on a roll.”

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