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Carlos Alcaraz ‘jealous’ after Roger Federer misses his Wimbledon victory

/ 03:31 PM July 05, 2023

Carlos Alcaraz  Wimbledon

Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – July 4, 2023 Spain’s Carlos Alcaraz celebrates winning his first round match against France’s Jeremy Chardy REUTERS/Andrew Couldridge

LONDON–Carlos Alcaraz made an almost perfect start to his Wimbledon title quest on Tuesday with the only thing missing being the presence of Roger Federer in the Court One stands.

Record eight-time champion Federer was guest of honor in the Royal Box on Centre Court while Alcaraz was dispatching Frenchman Jeremy Chardy 6-0 6-2 7-5.


Had Federer been present, he surely would have been impressed by the ferocity of top seed Alcaraz’s game as he swiped 25 baseline winners in a little under two hours.


“I saw that Roger Federer was here. I was a little bit jealous,” Alcaraz, who despite oozing confidence on court remains humble in the extreme off of it, told reporters.

“I want Roger Federer to watch one of my matches obviously. I wish to talk a little bit with him. For me would be amazing. I hope to see him around more than once.”

It is unclear how long the retired Federer is in town, but if he is sticking around he will surely want to get a court-side view of the man being labeled the future of men’s tennis.

Roger Federer Wimbledon

Switzerland’s former tennis player Roger Federer (C) waves next to his wife Mirka (R) and Britain’s Catherine, Princess of Wales, (L) at the Centre Court on the second day of the 2023 Wimbledon Championships at The All England Tennis Club in Wimbledon, southwest London, on July 4, 2023. (Photo by Adrian DENNIS / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE

Federer took until his fifth appearance to claim the Wimbledon crown in 2003 but Alcaraz made no attempt to play down his prospects of winning the title on his third attempt.

“To win the tournament. That’s the main goal right now,” Alcaraz, who finished off Chardy with a 10th ace, said.

“I have a lot of confidence right now. The main goal for me this tournament is to win, to win it.”


U.S Open champion Alcaraz, who returned to world number one after winning the Queen’s Club title in what was only his third event on grass, barrelled through the opening set in 20 minutes with the crowd gasping at the power of his strokes.

He did suffer a lapse in the third set, however, offering the 36-year-old Chardy the opportunity to extend what was the last match of his long career.

But Alcaraz quickly re-focussed having slipped 4-2 behind with a sloppy service game and raced to victory.

He said that was all part of the learning curve.

“Here let’s say you are not focussed for one game, like in the third set, and he breaks my serve and you are down,” he said. “For me, that’s something that I have to learn more.”

While Alcaraz is top seed, Novak Djokovic remains the favorite as he bids for a record-equalling eighth title at Wimbledon, especially after he beat the Spaniard in the French semi-finals in which Alcaraz suffered body cramps caused by the stress of playing the Serb.

Asked if he had any concerns about facing Djokovic again, perhaps in the Wimbledon final next week, he said: “I think I learned a lot from that match for the next time I face Novak.

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“It’s going to be different for me. I’m going to deal with the pressure better than I did in the semi-final of French Open.”

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