Carlos Alcaraz has warned the rest of the ATP Tour that he is 'not far off' winning a Grand Slam title despite his French Open quarterfinal defeat.
Alcaraz has already won four titles this season including two Masters in Miami and Madrid, with him beating Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic back-to-back in the latter.
He came into the French Open as one of the top favourites, but Alexander Zverev ended his campaign in the last eight.
Alcaraz, though, is far from disillusioned, and he believes all this tournament has done for him is conform for him that he is capable of winning a major - and relatively soon.
“I have to take the lessons [from] today," the 19-year-old said. "It was a tough match and close match.
“I could say I didn't start well, and in this level, quarter-final of a Grand Slam, you are playing against the best players in the world, so you have to start the match better than I did today.
“I have to improve for the next Grand Slam or next matches. But I would say I'm not far away from reaching a semi-final or being able to win a Grand Slam.
"I would say I have the level, I have the confidence to win a Grand Slam or reach the semi-finals next time.
“I leave the court and leave the tournament with the head very high,” Alcaraz said. “I fought until the last ball. I fought until the last second of the match, and I'm proud of it.”
Carlos Alcaraz became a big hit with the Roland Garros crowd during the tournament, with him enjoying boisterous support during his matches.
That is something that has certainly left its mark on him.
“I enjoyed [it] a lot, even [though] I lost," Alcaraz said. "Playing in front of such a great crowd, playing in these kinds of tournaments, on this kind of court, is amazing for me.
"That's why I'm training, that's why I'm playing tennis, to keep dreaming, to have chances to be in the best tournaments in the world.
“Of course I couldn't be disappointed with this crowd or I couldn't ask for a better crowd in here, in Paris supporting me, until the last ball supporting me, from the beginning to the end of the match. I just say thank you to the crowd.”
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