“Carlos Alcaraz needs humility,” says Adriano Panatta.

Carlos Alcaraz struck the wall that Italian tennis is meant to represent once more. A few days later, against two Italian competitors—Lorenzo Musetti in Hamburg and Jannik Sinner in Umago—the rising Spanish star lost two final matches. The 19-year-old from El Palmar, according to the former Roman champion Adriano Panatta, must learn to distinguish between when he should act as an anvil and when he should act as a hammer.

According to Panatta, a player must act as a hammer and an anvil at different times. It requires humility to be an anvil. Nadal and Djokovic are two players that are skilled at forging anvils. Even if they fail, they remain there till the storm has passed.

Alcaraz needs humility to remain there because you can’t take offense if someone plays better or gets hit.

The trainer Alcaraz said, “This is what he missed against Sinner.”

In an interview with the EFE news agency, Carlos Alcaraz‘s physical trainer, Alberto Lledo, reflected on the Sunday final defeat to Jannik Sinner in Umag and the physical state of his player.

“I don’t think Carlos is lacking the spark,” he remarked. In the championship match against Sinner, I believe the mental component was important. He played well in the first set and got out to a strong start in the second, but he suffered from blowing six straight break points.

The outcome of that game decided the match. He has played a lot of games this year, but less tournaments. Losing a final provides you experience; it’s something that a teenager who is still in high school learns from.

We cannot ignore his age. Alcaraz, however, can be pleased with recent circuit efforts. The Spaniard has actually moved up to position four in the world rankings as a result of his two final appearances in Hamburg and Umag. He will try to maintain this position at least through the start of the US Open.