Carlos Alcaraz suggested he didn't feel any added pressure in his first matches as the world No. 1. After winning the US Open, Alcaraz hopped on a plane and went straight from New York to Valencia. On Sunday, Alcaraz defeated South Korean Sonwoo Kwon 6-4 7-6 (1) to help Spain advance to the Davis Cup Finals knockout stage.
After the match, Alcaraz was asked whether there was any added pressure since he was playing as the top-ranked player in the world. “I would tell you yes, but I haven't felt it. I heard Medvedev say that he felt the pressure of being No.
1, that he thought it would be easier. In my case, maybe it's because I've played Davis Cup and I had the warmth of all the people behind me, I didn't play alone, so it seemed easier to me. We will see in an individual tournament, when I am alone on court, how I handle that pressure," Alcaraz said, per Punto de Break.
Alcaraz wants to help Spain win the competition
Alcaraz, 19, has had had an outstanding season as he has won a Grand Slam and two Masters titles this year. Alcaraz admits he would now like to cap off his season by winning the Davis Cup Finals and ATP Finals.
“Now I still have a few tournaments until the end of the season, but it is clear that one of my great goals is to win the ATP Finals and also the Davis Cup. Finishing the year as No. 1 in the world would also be nice; once I've gotten this far, the intention is to work to stay up there for as long as possible,” Alcaraz said.
The Davis Cup Finals will take place in Malaga between November 23-27. It remains to be seen if Alcaraz can lead Spain to this year's Davis Cup Finals title.
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