Carlos Alcaraz was the big star of 2022. The 19-year-old Spaniard had already shown signs of great growth in the second half of last year, when he achieved the feat of beating Stefanos Tsitsipas at the US Open. The year 2022 marked the definitive explosion of 'Carlitos', who won his first Slam at the US Open.
Thanks to his triumph in New York, Juan Carlos Ferrero's protégé became the youngest number 1 in the history of men's tennis. As if that were not enough, the Iberian also won two Masters 1000 (Miami and Madrid) and two ATP 500 (Rio and Barcelona) this year.
In the last part of the season, the Spaniard suffered a bit from the pressure and was unable to perform at his best due to a knee problem. His year ended prematurely due to an abdominal strain suffered during the Paris-Bercy Masters 1000.
During a recent interview, Alcaraz made some interesting comments for the upcoming season. "2023 will undoubtedly be a difficult year, because I will start the season as number 1 in the ATP and there will be a lot of pressure on me," Alcaraz began.
"I will try to keep a positive approach and enjoy the course, not worrying too much about what people say. In the end, I managed to beat my idols and make some of my biggest dreams come true. Whatever happens in the future, I will continue to enjoy tennis and I will not lose sight of my roots", he added.
Recently, Mats Wilander analyzed Carlitos' prospects: "It will not be easy for him to metabolize everything he has done in 2022. Juan Carlos Ferrero can certainly help you in this regard, but now comes the most difficult part."
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Mats Wilander has said that Carlos Alcaraz shouldn't be compared to Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, and Novak Djokovic.
"I think it will be really hard to digest 2022 for Alcaraz. But I also think (coach) Juan Carlos Ferrero is going to know exactly what they need to do. I think that there's a validation process that has to happen for Carlos. 'Am I really No.
1 in the world?' "I mean, 'what you're putting me as No. 1 as a 19 year old? He doesn't have to be considered the greatest player, but one thing is for sure: it is fun as hell to watch him play tennis when he's that good and he's laughing at the same time.
He’s the most inspirational tennis player that we have because of what he did in 2022 and most of all because of the way he did it. Never compare him to Rafa, Roger and Novak, the way he did it I've never seen anything like it," the Swede expressed.