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Carlos Alcaraz using Andy Murray and Roger Federer videos to aid grass game at Queen's

Top seed Carlos Alcaraz cruises into the quarter-finals of the Queen's Club Championships after he beat Jiri Lehecka; Alcaraz is yet to win a grass title and victory at the Queen's Club would move him back to World No 1

Carlos Alcaraz is using his experience at the Queen's Club Championships to help improve his grass game
Image: Carlos Alcaraz is using his experience at the Queen's Club Championships to help improve his grass game

Carlos Alcaraz has admitted to watching videos of Andy Murray and Roger Federer in a bid to improve his grass game as he enters the quarter-finals of the Queen's Club Championships.

Top seed Alcaraz has a lot of expectation on his shoulders and although the 20-year-old Spanish sensation continues to impress, he is clearly still coming to terms with his timing and movement on the grass.

However, he saw vast improvements in his comfortable 6-2 6-3 victory over Jiri Lehecka after a laboured first-round win over Arthur Rinderknech.

With much still to learn about his grass game, Alcaraz has turned to the likes of Murray and Federer to improve and aid his game moving forward, learning from the "best" there is.

"I watch some videos about my opponents first, and then, you know, I have a lot of time to watch videos, to learn from the best players in the world, Andy, Roger, Djokovic," said Alcaraz.

"You know, right now we are on grass, and I want to, you know, look up to the best players on grass and movers.

"You know, on grass, Roger and Andy for me are the best players that are moving great on grass. So, I want to be the same, you know, like them.

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"I'm not talking about Djokovic because Djokovic slides like clay court, and not my case, but I try to put similar stuff in my game that Roger and Andy do in grass."

Although now through to the quarter-finals at the Queen's Club, Alcaraz insisted his focus remains on gaining more experience ahead of Wimbledon rather than taking home the win.

Spain's Carlos Alcaraz celebrates a point against Czech Republic's Jiri Lehecka in the Men's Singles Round of 16 match on centre court on day four of the 2023 cinch Championships at The Queen's Club, London. Picture date: Thursday June 22, 2023.
Image: Spain's Carlos Alcaraz reached the quarter-finals at Queen's Club and could move back to World No.1 with a victory

"To be honest, at this tournament that's not the case (of feeling among the main candidates to win)," he added.

"My target when I joined the tournament it was to gain more experience, keep training on grass with good players, and then play some tennis.

"In my head, I wasn't thinking about winning the tournament. Obviously, every time I am playing in a tournament, I want to win it, but my main target was to keep feeling better and continue gaining experience towards Wimbledon.

"But now that I am in the quarter-finals I want to win the tournament, but as I am not putting myself among the favourites the pressure is less, so I can play more relaxed and happy."

Alcaraz is pursuing more than his first grass-court title this week. If he triumphs at Queen's Club he will reclaim the world No 1 spot in the ATP Rankings from Novak Djokovic on Monday.

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