“As a player, I think he grows up super-fast on the court. He can, let's say, read the matches a little bit better. Even before the match, like talking about the match, you can see that he's more mature in all kinds of areas on the court.
“So, yeah, I would say he's better than last year. I think he has more experience. The experience that he's won US Open and, you know, live the experience on the court that he did I think makes him grow faster than maybe other people, so definitely he's a better player.”
Passing it on
And Ferrero said his own experiences at Roland-Garros can also be a positive factor for Alcaraz.
“I think it's not only important about here, I think playing the tour, knowing the players, knowing the experience that maybe he's going to have, it's going to help a lot to, let's say, advise him with what's going to happen, how you're going to feel it in that moment or how you're going to play.
“Definitely it helps a lot, coaching like this, and I think we are taking maybe [advantage] of that, maybe [compared] to other coaches.”
Alcaraz begins his Roland-Garros title bid against Flavio Cobolli of Italy on Monday on Court Suzanne-Lenglen.