"I need these things too" - Carlos Alcaraz opens up about his Ibiza vacation, partying with friends after French Open triumph

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Carlos Alcaraz recently discussed his getaway to Ibiza following his victory at the French Open. The Spaniard emphasized the significance of disconnecting from the sport periodically.

Alcaraz got the better of Alexander Zverev in an exhausting five-setter to win the 2024 French Open. With the win, the Spaniard became the youngest to clinch Grand Slams on three different surfaces.

Alcaraz, who has yet to start his grass tour, was on a much-deserved break, relishing time off after his Roland Garros triumph. At a recent press conference before the Cinch Open, the 21-year-old talked about his three-day vacation in Ibiza with friends.

”I had a few days of vacation, with a group of friends. I had a good time celebrating Roland Garros," Carlos Alcaraz said. (via AS - translated from Spanish)

The three-time Grand Slam champion stated that having a break from the sport and devoting time to his friends and family helps him maintain his peak form.

"I need these things too. It is clear that each player is different, but for me, to have my best level I need to separate my personal life from tennis. Have my days off, be able to rest my mind, be with family and friends. Put the racket aside. It is a time that suits me very well,” he added.

"I had a lot of doubts" - Carlos Alcaraz on his mid-match slump after the French Open triumph

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After winning his first French Open title, Carlos Alcaraz reflected on his performance and revealed that he could not bother Alexander Zverev with his shots. He was doubtful if the stress played a role in the dip in his performance.

“Honestly, when I finished the third set, I had a lot of doubts. I’m not going to lie because I felt like my shots [weren’t] putting trouble onto Sascha. He was dominating the game very well with his serve and topspin balls. It was difficult for me. It doesn’t matter that he had the serve to win the third set. I don’t know whether it was nerves," Alcaraz told Eurosport.

Alcaraz lost the third set despite leading 5-2 at one point. He admitted that he didn't play his best tennis and emphasized the importance of regaining composure, which he achieved by starting the fourth set strongly.

“I didn’t play my best tennis in the third set, but we were in a final of a Grand Slam, so it was the time to give everything. It was the time to find solutions, and starting the fourth set at 40-0 helped me a lot to relieve a little bit. Play my style, my game, and in the fifth set, it was time to give everything I had inside," he added.

The Spaniard will start his grasscourt season at the Cinch Championships against Francisco Cerundolo, who reached the fourth round of the 2024 French Open.

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