“Novak is one of the best in history, these players find solutions where others do not. They will study the match, they know how Carlos plays and they will make a tactic. Novak is not going to give up even if Carlos wins the first set 6- 2,” said the 2003 Roland Garros winner.
He affirmed that they too will prepare “for all possibilities”, although he did not want to “reveal all the secrets”.
The now coach of the number 1 in the world assured that a result as strong as the one in the quarterfinals against the Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas, number 5 in the ranking, is not expected, 6-2, 6-1 and 7-6(5), although He did point out that the level of his pupil is being very high.
“Carlos has very good speed, if he manages to maintain it and control the game he can decide it on his side. But Novak has shown a million times that he is capable of turning an impossible game around and finding solutions. We expect a very tough game , not at all to win 6-1, 6-2 and 6-2.
Ferrero assured that the Serbian usually goes “from less to more” in tournaments and that he has “all the cards” to face the game: “We are waiting for the finest Novak, we have seen many times the level he can give when he is at his best and we expect nothing less.”
He acknowledged that Alcaraz has completed a great season on clay, with 25 victories and two titles, Madrid and Barcelona, but warned that Djokovic, currently 3rd in the ranking at 36, has been “20 years being very good” on that surface.
“This is not the time to talk about favourites, they are both very good and are in a good moment. Novak is fighting for history, Carlos for his second Grand Slam final. They are different goals but super important for both. They will give 200% We all want to see it and Carlos really wants to play it”, he assured.
On this aspect, Ferrero denied that the Spaniard has “anxiety” and considered that having “the desire to play the game is something positive.”
“These two days we are going to try to keep him relaxed, train a little and recover one hundred percent, try to keep him relaxed up front,” he said.
Ferrero assured that Alcaraz has progressed a lot in recent months, especially on a mental level, and pointed out that duels like the one this Friday will help him continue to grow.
“Every year it improves, playing these types of games makes you mature faster, they are important situations. You have to mature and every time these games come you take them naturally and go for them,” he said.
“We are happy to live a new experience with one of the best in history. Win or lose will make him grow. At 20 years old, all experiences make you grow. After some of the games he lost last year, I told him that they would make him grow and that’s how it was, sometimes you learn more from defeats than from victories”, he assured.
Although he recognized that with Alcaraz there are reasons to be excited, he assured that it is not necessary to advance stages in advance.
“We have the illusion of being able to think big and win very nice tournaments, but getting ahead of that is going too fast,” he said.
“With the age he is and the things he has achieved, we have to believe a lot in him, but anticipating the future is a mistake, thinking that this year he will win two Grand Slams, although it is possible because he has the level, it is anticipating and It is a mistake. You have to go step by step. We are in the semifinals, we will believe in the real possibility of winning if we get to the final. But thinking about it beforehand is going too fast”, he commented.