'Complete player' Alcaraz posting impressive numbers

 - Dan Imhoff

Here's a deep dive into the Spaniard's statistics so far through four rounds at Roland-Garros

Carlos Alcaraz, Roland-Garros 2023, fourth round© Philippe Montigny/FFT

Through to the quarter-finals in Paris for the second straight year, Carlos Alcaraz has a shot at progressing beyond for the first time on Tuesday when he meets Stefanos Tsitsipas.

The numbers are mounting in favour of the 20-year-old, who has reached the second week in five of his past six majors.

He is now 28-7 at Grand Slam level and 34-3 for the season.

Here's how he stacks up through his first four rounds.

Second serve eases the pressure

The 20-year-old has been especially effective on serve, claiming 48 of 55 service games to date (87 per cent), ranking him seventh for the tournament.

While his 72 per cent of first-serve points won ties him at 29th overall, Alcaraz has used his second delivery to great effect, winning 62 per cent of points on it, the best of Roland-Garros 2023.

He has been effective on break points, having saved 13 out of 20.

Carlos Alcaraz & Lorenzo Musetti / Huitièmes de finale Roland-Garros 2023©Philippe Montigny / FFT

Most dominant on return games

While strong on serve throughout, the Spaniard claims bragging honours in a pair of key return figures.

Alcaraz has been most effective inflicting damage on his opponents’ first serves, ranking top overall for return points won at 48 per cent, 16 per cent higher than the tournament average.

While not quite as proficient on his break point chances – with a 47 per cent conversion rate – Alcaraz is capitalising on his return games, winning 28 out of 52 (54 per cent). That's more than double the tournament average.

“Carlos is someone that keeps the intensity high at all times,” Tsitsipas said ahead of their quarter-final clash. “He's someone that is not going to give you gaps where his attention is not there. He's very hyper, he's very energetic and you can see that on the court. He adds a lot of that into the rallies.”

All-court mastery pays dividends

Following a straight-sets dismissal of Lorenzo Musetti in the fourth round, in what the top seed proclaimed his “best match in the tournament so far”, the Italian deemed his conqueror “a really complete player."

Alcaraz has won 85 of 111 points at the net (77 per cent), the best of those still remaining in the draw.

“With the serve today, [he] was serving really good. We knew that [he’s] probably one of the best movers on the tour,” Musetti said. “He really likes to drop and to turn with his forehand and that it is really aggressive and heavy.

“I think today he showed that he probably can win this tournament.”

Alcaraz’s 65 forehand winners struck through four matches, means he is averaging over 16 kill shots off that wing each round. Meanwhile, he's tallied up 27 backhand winners en route to the quarters.

Efficiency keeps top seed fresh

Barring a four-set, two-hour, 25-minute tussle with Japan’s Taro Daniel in the second round, the Spaniard has not spent more than two hours and 10 minutes on court in any one match.

He has spent just eight hours and 40 minutes on court in total, compared to quarter-final opponent Tsitsipas’ 11 hours and 42 minutes, and potential semi-final foe Novak Djokovic’s 10 hours and 43 minutes.