Medvedev says he was struck by how much Alcaraz relies on the shot. He also points out his knack for fearlessly using the tactic on the most important points.
“He was doing a lot of drop shots with me in practice,” the world No.2 said, recalling a recent practice session with Alcaraz at Indian Wells. “Some of them I won; some I lost. In my mind I was thinking: ‘Wow, he's really doing a lot’. It's tough to say, but he's doing them good, is it going to be the same in matches?”
Ons Jabeur, the Tunisian trailblazer who is a drop shot artist herself, told rolandgarros.com about another special element of Alcaraz’s drop shot: he can hit it off of both wings with equal precision.
“He hides it very well and knows when to use it,” said the Tunisian world No.6. “He also does it from both sides which is rare. I think the main thing is he’s really smart about it, using it not just to break the rhythm but to win a lot of points with it.”
The more we watch Alcaraz play his brand of tennis, the more we want to see what he’ll do next. Even Medvedev is curious.
“I wonder if all his career, like, it's going to be like this: just do them, never miss them. Because so far it's really impressive and a big part of his game, and that's why he wins a lot of matches also,” the 26-year-old said. “Just interested to see how it's going to be throughout his career.”