"I'm very happy to become world No. 1 and grow in it," said Carlos Alcaraz after winning his first Grand Slam and in New York. But you have to grow up and adjust to fame and what it brings, and the teenager smiled broadly from ear to ear and said, "He's crazy to me.
I never thought that he would receive something like this at 19 years old. Everything has come so fast "he would never have thought to defeat the Norwegian Casper Ruud in a Slam and also win the ranking. Despite not being his first encounter with him.
Carlos and Casper had met last year in Marbella, Spain, where Carlos won in straight sets in the quarterfinals. Just six months ago, the teenager beat Ruud in straight sets in Miami to win the title. He now went to the U.S. Open to get another title over the Norwegian.
Before Miami, Carlos had doubts about his victory in a Major but he confesses that "since I won Miami, I felt that I could have a Grand Slam in my hands." The fight for consistency and dominance is real and among the men in 2020, Dominic Thiem won the title and last year it was Daniil Medvedev.
The two ATP players have yet to delve into a Grand Slam since then. Thiem bowed in the first round of the French Open this year and Medvedev reached the fourth round at the French Open, skipping Wimbledon and bowing in the round of 16 at this U.S.
Open. Carlos Alcaraz stands out among the rest for being the youngest, but he answers that there are times when that is not so good to play. The only thing Carlos is convinced of is that "I won the trophy because I was happy on the track."
Alcaraz amazed everyone this year
Former tennis player David Ferrer believes that Carlos Alcaraz and Rafael Nadal share many similarities, especially when it comes to how they handle pressure. "What can I tell you? What is clear is that he is a special player, different.
It is tremendous that at that age he assumes these responsibilities, that he is not afraid of the opposite and that he always wants more," Ferrer said. "That's what amazes me about him, he reminds me of Rafa when he was that age, that way of assuming pressure, he had no problem with that," he said. "Apart from that, tennis, physically and mentally he is superior to the others at that age," he added.