Alex de Minaur assesses Carlos Alcaraz's most undervalued shot.
By Richard Pagliaro | @Tennis_Now | Monday, June 26, 2023
Carlos Alcaraz's greatest strength may be a lack of a significant weakness.
Alex de Minaur, who lost to Alcaraz in the Queen's Club final, says the world No. 1's most underrated weapon is his serve.
The top-seeded Spaniard served seven aces against one double fault and did not drop serve defeating de Minaur 6-4, 6-4 to win his first grass-court crown at Queen's Club.
Alcaraz pumped a few serves over 133 mph and afterward de Minaur said the 6' Spaniard's serve is an undervalued asset.
"I think his serve as well. He's been able to get a couple cheap points here and there," de Minaur said. "I think today in big points he was able to come up with big first serves and it got him out of trouble."
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Alcaraz leads the ATP in service breaks this season, breaking 36.74 percent of the time, which puts him ahead of Daniil Medvedev (33.76) and Novak Djokovic (32.33).
The US Open champion is also eighth in service games won in 2023. Alcaraz is holding serve 85.19 percent of the time.
"Look, I think that part of his game is underrated," de Minaur said of Alcaraz's serve. "But I think today he showed in the important points he had a massive serve, and at times I put myself in that position and you can only say "Too good."
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Published Date: Mon, 26 Jun 2023 11:36:50 GMT