Take a look at Carlos Alcaraz's projected path to Buenos Aires title
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First-seeded Carlos Alcaraz will have a first-round bye in Buenos Aires before he officially kicks off his 2023 season. In his Buenos Aires opener, Alcaraz will be taking on the winner of the match between 2019 Monte Carlo Masters champion Fabio Fognini and two-time ATP champion Laslo Djere.
In the quarterfinal, Alcaraz could very possibly meet Sebastian Baez, who made the Cordoba final this past week. If Alcaraz overcomes his first two opponents, he would probably play in the quarterfinal either No 4 seed Diego Schwartzman or fifth-seeded Francisco Cerundolo.
Should Alcaraz reach the final, he could possibly meet Cameron Norrie or Lorenzo Musetti.
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Alcaraz: It probably won't be easy after being out for an extended period
In his pre-tournament press conference, Alcaraz underlined winning is always on his mind.
However, Alcaraz admitted that it may take some before he starts playing his best tennis. “It’ll be my first tournament since I picked up the injury in Paris. It’s been four months since then. But I always arrive thinking about winning and wanting to win, even though it won’t be easy after such a long time without competing," Alcaraz said, per the ATP website.
The 2022 season went better than Alcaraz could have imagined. Last year, Alcaraz became a Grand Slam champion and reached the world No 1 spot for the first time in his career. “It was a very good year. I achieved my dream, my goal, very quickly.
Practically in just a year. I dealt with it as naturally as possible. After becoming No. 1 I had to set new goals, new things for the long term, to continue to enjoy myself, continue to improve, because I’m very young and I have a lot of things to improve, despite being the No.
1. You have to keep training and looking forward," Alcaraz reflected. It remains to be seen how far can Alcaraz go this week in Buenos Aires.