Carlos Alcaraz: Didn’t know how to deal with pressure of whole crowd being against me

Carlos Alcaraz, 18, admitted it wasn’t easy playing while the whole crowd was against him. 

Alcaraz, who is enjoying a career-high ranking of No. 35 in the world, suffered a surprise Paris Masters round-of-16 loss as world No. 103 Hugo Gaston beat the Spaniard 6-4 7-5.

“It is never easy to play with the public against and yesterday it proved, I knew it would be difficult to deal with the atmosphere that existed but I could not imagine that it could be so heavy. My first time in this situation was not easy for me, it hurt me a lot not to know how to deal with that pressure but like everything in life, we fall but we get up and move on, the most important thing is to learn from these situations and I am sure that I will come back stronger and with lessons learned;” Alcaraz wrote in an Instagram post. 

Alcaraz turns his focus to the Next Gen ATP Finals 

Alcaraz will be among the top favorites to win next week’s Next Gen ATP Finals in Milan. 

“I want to thank you for all the messages of encouragement that I have received since the game ended, you do not know how much it can help me to see your support and encouragement, THANK YOU VERY MUCH!” Alcaraz continued. 

Now it’s time to take those lessons and think about Milan next week at @nextgenfinals.”

Meanwhile, rising French star Gaston credited fans for helping him proper over Alcaraz. 

“[The atmosphere] was incredible. Honestly, I have been playing tennis for this. It was actually incredible. It was really wonderful to live this match with them. I actually won because they supported me from beginning to the end even when I had a letdown during the first or the second set, they were always cheering me. It’s incredible to have such a great public,” Gaston said. 

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