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Wimbledon: Alcaraz 'didn't feel comfortable' on Court One during quarter-final win

Carlos Alcaraz admitted to not feeling comfortable on Court One but was happy to win when not at his best after he roared back to down Tommy Paul and reach the Wimbledon semi-finals.

World number 13 Paul entered this last-eight tie on a nine-match winning streak and after he had taken the Queen's Club crown from Alcaraz last month.

It translated into an exceptional start with Paul able to take the opener and register an early break in the second set before three-time grand slam champion Alcaraz responded in trademark fashion.

Alcaraz got his serve back on track and smashed his way through to the last four at the All England Club with 36 winners helping clinch a 5-7 6-4 6-2 6-2 victory.

It will be Daniil Medvedev up next, not Jannik Sinner, after the Russian beat the world number one in five sets to book a repeat of last year's semi-final.

"I felt the difference playing on Centre Court and on Court One. The grass is different," Alcaraz said.

"Obviously I feel like it was more sand on Court One than Centre Court. I don't want to say holes.

"There were more matches on Court One than Centre Court, I had to adapt my game on that.

"I didn't feel comfortable at all playing on Court One with the conditions on it. As I said, I had to adapt my game on it. I tried to play my best tennis on it.

“Yeah, I think at the end I found it, I found my best tennis and my good tennis just to feel comfortable on it.“

Third seed Alcaraz referenced the 'big three' of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic when he reflected on winning when not at his best.

"I know that there are going to be some matches that I'm not going to find my best tennis even though I have to try to win it," Alcaraz said.

"I think that's what the big three did along their career.

"That's what I'm thinking. When I'm not playing my best tennis, I'm going to try to find solutions just to be a bit better, just to beat the opponent."

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