Wimbledon | Medvedev knows what to expect from Alcaraz

The Octopus is out to entrap The White Shark in his tentacles. Daniil Medvedev, dubbed the former due to his long arms and legs, takes on the latter, Carlos Alcaraz who is fast earning a comparison to the ocean’s powerful, swift and strong predator, in the men’s semi-finals at Wimbledon on Friday.

He's really complete player. I'm going to say, I think Rublev said a few times, he's an octopus. He catch every ball. It is amazing. He's an amazing athlete. I think a mix of everything. He does almost everything well.” Carlos Alcaraz

Alcaraz, 20, the world No.1, is rated favourite to devour the Russian third seed with his turbo-charged development from skinny kid to powerfully built phenomenon who, according to the New York Times, is “nearly always a killer on the court, suffocating opponents with relentless aggressiveness”.

Medvedev, 27, is unfazed. He insisted: “I played a lot of great players in my career. I managed to win many times.”

Medvedev appreciates what he is up against.

He said: “What impresses me most about Carlos? I think the power. When he was 17, which was actually not long ago, he was much less mature and younger, which is normal. Everyone has seen that he’s amazing, but everyone was wondering is he going to find the way to miss less producing the same power. And he did quite fast. That’s what’s pretty amazing.

“We see if you give him one easy shot, you can be in trouble. Brutal.

“I think that’s what the most powerful in his game. That’s what I will have to try to deal with.”

Medvedev beat Alcaraz at Wimbledon two years ago but lost to the Spaniard at Indian Wells this year.

He said: “I think Indian Wells is not going to count a lot here (at Wimbledon). It’s not going to be the same. Wimbledon, the ball bounces lower. The serve is more important. There, I felt like I couldn’t get free points with the serve.

“For sure going to discuss tactically with my coach. It’s interesting to play someone like Carlos. He is amazing, amazing player. He’s still 19, right? What he continues to do is just unbelievable. He doesn’t stop. I don’t think he will.”

Alcaraz made mention of Medvedev’s Octopus name tag given him by fellow Russian Andrey Rublev.

He said: “Well, he’s really tall, you know. He’s playing great here on grass. He has a great, great year as well. I lost the first match we played here on grass. So I have to learn about it.

“But going to enjoy the semi-final. I think I’m playing great, a lot of confidence right now. So it’s going to be a really good match I think. I going to enjoy.

“He’s really complete player. I’m going to say, I think Rublev said a few times, he’s an octopus. He catch every ball. It is amazing. He’s an amazing athlete. I think a mix of everything. He does almost everything well.”


Carlos Alcaraz relaxes before hs semi-final appointment

. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)




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