Masters 1000 Rome – Titled in Madrid, Carlos Alcaraz withdraws to preserve himself physically before Roland-Garros

The Rome Masters 1000 will not be able to take advantage of Carlos Alcaraz. The future 6th player in the world withdrew for the Roman tournament, which started this Sunday in Italy, a few minutes after his victory in the final of the Masters 1000 in Madrid. A single desire on his part: to recover physically from his recent efforts.

On deck since the start of the season, the Murcian needs a breather break to rejuvenate. His 2022 season had started with a light program in the Down Under, in Melbourne, with only one stop at the Australian Open.

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Then, he had chosen in February, to go to Rio (to win), to make a jump to Marbella for the Davis Cup, before chaining the two American M1000s and the season on gravel. In total, Alcaraz played 32 games (29 victories including one in the Davis Cup) in the space of four months and a few.

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Alcaraz played the final with an infiltration

Let’s not forget that the protege of Juan Carlos Ferrero was also hit in the right ankle, and in the hand, during his quarter-final victory against Rafael Nadal. He also suffered from an infected blister on his right foot.

With my ankle, and as I want to be able to fight to win a Grand Slam, it’s better to rest, to take care of my ankle, my foot, to be in Paris at 100%”, he explained at a press conference.

According to the Spanish press, Marca in particular, he played the final against Alexander Zverev with an infiltration. Sunday morning, waking up was difficult the day after his fight with Djokovic. “My ankle was a little more swollen, I also had a blister that had become infected, I had a little trouble walking, it was a bit of a complicated start to the day.“.

The decision to stop for a few days to recover seems wise. Appointment at Roland-Garros (May 22 – June 5) therefore for the Spaniard.

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