“How do you feel after this final?
It was an exciting match. There were quite a few nice rallies and good points. Of course, I’m disappointed because it didn’t work out for me. Carlos went up a notch when needed, especially in the third set which almost turned in my favor. I am proud of my game and these two weeks. I probably played my best tennis on this surface. I hope to have another chance to win a Grand Slam in the future.
You have two set points in the third on his serve, do you think this is the turning point of this meeting?
He played aggressively and fairly on both balls. I may have been a little passive on the first one. I hit my return a little too short and Carlos took advantage. It was probably the set that decided the match. It was very tight, we were one set away and I played a horrible tie-break. I couldn’t get those set points out of my head. In the fourth, it was easier for him to show energy with this lead. I had no chance to take a break. He served very well.
What do you think of your opponent tonight, Carlos Alcaraz (19)?
It is very impressive what he has already accomplished when he is only a teenager. (-21 years old). It’s crazy to think he’s that age. He is over four years younger than me. He is one of those rare talents that appears a few times in the sport. We will see how his career evolves but he is going in the right direction. He shows an incredible fighting spirit and will to win. Right now, he’s the best player in the world in my opinion. He deserves this number one spot.
“I think those two tournaments reinforced my belief that I could win a Grand Slam”
How did you feel coming onto the court compared to your first Grand Slam final, at Roland-Garros against Rafael Nadal ?
There was nervousness but I thought I was the underdog because Carlos was ranked higher than me. It was nicer for me today (sunday). I didn’t have to face my biggest idol for the most important match of my life. It was easier to think that I could win. It was a better atmosphere too and I think it was a more fun game for the audience to watch.
How are you going to use these two lost Grand Slam finals to take the last step?
I think when you get to that kind of level, a Grand Slam final, there will always be a great player on the other side of the net. At Roland-Garros, I found it hard to believe that I could beat Rafa. Today, it was not easy but I believed in it more. I think those two tournaments reinforced my belief that I could win a Grand Slam. I hope these two experiences can help me. And also hope that, if I replay a final, I will not have to face a Spaniard (smile). »