Top-ranked British tennis player Cameron Norrie believes the best surface is the best for Carlos Alcaraz, but adds that the 19-year-old has a very complete game and can certainly play well on all surfaces. Norrie, ranked at No. 11 in the world, has felt firsthand what it’s like to play against Alcaraz as he has met the Spaniard three times in the past nine months.
Alcaraz is an extremely tough opponent for Norrie as the Briton has three defeats against the Spaniard. Norrie stating that Alcaraz can play well on multiple surfaces makes sense as the Spaniard won his maiden Masters title on the hard courts of Miami and also picked up victories on the clay courts of Rio de Janeiro, Barcelona and Madrid .
“I think if you ask him he will tell you that he prefers hard courts, although he has a very complete game. His serve has improved a lot, he has the physique to play both on clay and on hard, and he hits the ball really hard from both sides.
I think he has a good game for all surfaces, a very complete game. He’s a good player (laughs), lately I feel like in my interviews I’m talking half about me and half about Carlos (laughs),” Norrie said.
Norrie has yet to beat Alcaraz
Norrie and Alcaraz first met at the US Open last year.
Norrie, who had his best year of his career last term, had no chance against Alcaraz in their first encounter as the Spaniard won in straight sets. Last March, Alcaraz defeated Norrie in straight sets at the Indian Wells Masters.
Norrie was the defending champion at Indian Wells. More recently, Norrie and Alcaraz met in Madrid last week. For the first time, Norrie managed to win a set against Alcaraz but that was it as the Spaniard won 6-4 6-7(4) 6-1.