Carlos Alcaraz has a simple explanation for his ridiculous shot-making

Alcaraz has moved into the third round of the Australian Open.
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Carlos Alcaraz doesn't need high-stress practice to succeed. While other players, such as Novak Djokovic, used warm-up tournaments or the United Cup to prepare for the Australian Open, Alcaraz just played a handful of exhibition matches. Mind you, those exhibitions were against players such as Djokovic and Jannik Sinner.

But since Carlos Alcaraz burst onto the tennis scene in full in 2022, fans have been amazed at not only his ability to steal Grand Slams (Alcaraz has won two - the 2022 US Open and 2023 Wimbledon) and reach the No. 1 ranking, but he has an ability to get to balls no one should be able to reach and then turn that into incredible winners. Tennis fans and his opponents are not the only ones who marvel at what Alcaraz can do, however. Alcaraz wonders that too.

Even players such as Djokovic struggle to match the 20-year-old Spaniard shot for shot. Sometimes it is better to hope that Alcaraz is too aggressive and finds a way to beat himself than for his opponent to try to defeat him. Either way, the task is not easy.

Carlos Alcaraz has a logical explanation for how he hits some ridiculous shots

Alcaraz recently played his 200th match on the ATP tour. is record is 157-43. Even his winning percentage of 78.5 percent seems too low now. Many of those losses came early in his career.

But after hitting a number of ridiculous shots, as is his normal process, in his second round victory over Lorenzo Sonego at the Australian Open, Alcaraz revealed his secret to how he pulls off the shots he does. His logic is pretty solid too. Alcaraz said, "I obviously don’t practice (those shots), I just close my eyes and pray to God!"

Wouldn't we all love to be able to do that? We tennis weekend warriors playing in our city rec leagues or at tennis clubs. An opponent hits the ball our way and we close our eyes and...likely miss the ball completely. There are not too many Carlos Alcaraz types around.

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