Carlos Alcaraz: 'I’m going to lose it but the point is...'

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Carlos Alcaraz: 'I’m going to lose it but the point is...'

Carlos Alcaraz will be one of the most anticipated men of the tennis season that starts in a few weeks. The Spanish prodigy child is called to repeat a sensational year in which he impressed everyone, not only for the trophies won or the victories against the best players, the level of his game, physical and mental, the ability to maintain concentration for long periodis of time, have impacted the entire sports sphere.

The young Iberian lifted his first Grand Slam in New York (US Open), the Masters 1000 in Miami and Madrid, the 500 in Barcelona and Rio. Titles that gave him the youth record in the history of tennis. A season ending with some physical discomfort did not allow him to participate in the first and deserved finals of the ATP and in the Davis Cup.

Juan Carlos Ferrero's pupil has already recovered from his injury and is ready to surprise millions of fans again. The Iberian will be seen on the field for the first time after the forced stop in Abu Dhabi, where he will play an exhibition from December 16 to 18.

The commitments will continue directly in 2023 in Australia, at the Kooyong Classic, another unofficial tournament that will anticipate the expected first Major of the season, the Australian Open. The season will continue in Rio, from February 20 to 26, where he must defend his title.

He will then move to cement, where he will participate in the tournaments in Acapulco (February 27-March 5), Indian Wells and Miami. Former American player Brad Gilbert, in an interview with Tennis Majors, spoke about the 19-year-old, comparing him to the brightest star Spanish tennis has ever seen, Rafa Nadal.

The coach sees in Alcaraz certain qualities that have always distinguished the 22-time Slam champion: "When I see Alcaraz, I think a lot about Rafa, about his incredible determination, his concentration, whatever happens, he keeps fighting."

Alcaraz has big ambitions

Carlos Alcaraz and Iga Swiatek have endured a standout season in 2022.

In an interview with Arab News, 19-year-old Alcaraz waxed lyrical about her season and winning streak. “I see her year has been incredible, she broke a record I think for the longest winning streak (this century). It’s amazing,” Alcaraz said of Swiatek.

“I wish to be like her, to not lose the No. 1. But I think it’s almost impossible. I’m going to lose it but the point is to recover it and stay there at No. 1 as much as I can," Carlos Alcaraz expressed.

Carlos Alcaraz