Carlos Alcaraz says he 'thinks he could be a great player on grass' following his Wimbledon exit.
Alcaraz came up against Jannik Sinner on Centre Court on Sunday, but he was unable to recover from a poor start and eventually went down in four sets.
The fourth round was an improvement for Alcaraz from last year, with him playing just his second ever tournament on grass.
And, having seen what he is capable on the surface, the 19-year-old believes he can become a force on it.
“I felt really good here at Wimbledon playing on grass,” Alcaraz said. “I got a lot of experience playing on grass. Now I'm thinking that I could be a great player on grass.
"Next year I hope to play some tournaments before Wimbledon to adapt my game to get more used to playing here. But I would say I'm going to be a great player here on grass.”
"I hope to play more tournaments. I hope to play more matches on grass before Wimbledon next year to prepare well this Grand Slam, this beautiful Grand Slam.
"Even if I didn't play this year a tournament before, I felt really well. I felt that I had chances to do well here in Wimbledon."
Carlos Alcaraz essentially had the same problem against Jannik Sinner as he found against Alexander Zverev at the French Open earlier this year.
He started the match slowly and found himself two sets down before he was able to find his own game. That, he says, is something he knows he has to work on if he wants to win majors.
"Obviously starting two sets to love in a Grand Slam is a handicap," Alcaraz said. "[It] is tough to come back.
"I tried to get better in the third and the fourth, but obviously Jannik was better than me. I didn't take my chances in the fourth. A lot of break points.
"Starting like this, as I said in Roland Garros, starting like this against one of the best players in the world here in a Grand Slam, it's tough to come back then.
"I'm trying to improve that for the next Grand Slams, to start better the matches."
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