Wimbledon 2023: Cervara, Medvedev's coach: "Last time Alcaraz kicked our asses"

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Gilles Cervaracoach of Daniel Medvedevassured that the last time they played against Carlos Alcaraz the Spaniard “kicked the ass” of the Russian and that this time they will have to be much better to get into the Wimbledon Final.

Medvedev's coach spoke to several of the Spanish media at Wimbledon after the Russian's training at the All England Club's Aorangi complex. “It is a great challenge for us,” Cervara said, adding.

Daniel is not the favorite tomorrow and we will do everything we can to beat the number one in the world. It will be difficult. We are going to prepare this match as best we can to be in the final on Sunday.

Alcaraz, who will face Medvedev for the third time, described him as "an octopus" for his ability to reach all the balls.

"He's right," the Frenchman replied with a laugh.

He is a great player and it will be difficult for us. The last time they played, Alcaraz kicked his ass, so we'll have to be much better.

The previous clash, prior to that final in Indian Wells in which Alcaraz only dropped five games, was in the second round of Wimbledon 2021, where an 18-year-old Alcaraz lost clearly.

I do remember, but it was completely different. Carlos was a very young player, so he is not comparable, but of course I remember.

For Medvedev, this Friday will be his first match on center court this year, after playing four of the previous five games on court 1 and the other on one of the outer courts.

Everything matters, so it can be important (playing central), but when you're a great player, when you're a champion, you have to be ready to adapt to any situation. So don't take this as a problem, but as something you can deal with.

The Russian has shown in recent years his ability to adapt to all types of surfaces, after winning a Grand Slam on hard (US Open 2021), the Masters 1000 in Rome this year and now reaching his first Semifinals at Wimbledon.

I'm not surprised, he's one of the best in the world, so the best in the world are capable of playing everywhere, finding solutions, adapting to any game and Daniil has a type of game that he can do that with.

(With information from EFE)

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