The new world number 1 Carlos Alcaraz hopes to have the opportunity to face Roger Federer before the Swiss withdraws from the game. Federer, who turned 41 last month, hasn't played much in the last two and a half years.
However, Federer is expected to return to action at this month's Laver Cup. "Playing against Federer would excite me and beat a 'Big Three' in a Grand Slam. I've always said that to be the best you have to beat the best," Alcaraz told the ATP Tour website.
So far, Federer has been confirmed for two events: the Laver Cup and Basel. The Swiss Indoors Basel, which will be held between October 24 and 30, will also have the presence of Alcaraz. If all goes well and both Alcaraz and Federer take part, there is a chance the 19-year-old will see his wish come true.
While Federer sits out, Alcaraz is making a bit of tennis history. This season, Alcaraz has won a Grand Slam, two Masters titles and is now the youngest No. 1 in tennis history. In the same interview with the ATP, Alcaraz was asked if there is something special about his game.
"My answer is the same. I think nobody gives you anything for free. It's not enough to snap your fingers and have the world at your feet. You have to work on things. I think what I've achieved, winning a Grand Slam and being number 1 in the world, it is due to the work I have done with my team for a long time.
It has not been a bed of roses, I have had to suffer and go through bad times to get here. I'm not special, and no one said I was going to be the best, I've worked for it", replied Alcaraz. It remains to be seen whether Alcaraz will have a chance to face Federer in the near future.
Alcaraz won the US Open last week
Carlos Alcaraz is at the top of his game, winning five titles this year, including his maiden Grand Slam at the 2022 US Open. "When we’re at home, my parents tell me what I have to do.
You know––‘Do this, do that,’ just normal parent-kid stuff. I’m normal," he said. "I’m a normal guy”. Like most of his fellow professionals, he grew up watching Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic dominate the sport.
"When you’re a kid, you always want to be like someone, you know?” he said. “It was incredible for me to grow up watching [the Big 3’s] matches. Just the best guys in the world, dominating the ATP, winning for so many years. That helped me to be like them––well, to try to be like them”.