'I'm sure Carlos Alcaraz'll come back stronger', says Top 10

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'I'm sure Carlos Alcaraz'll come back stronger', says Top 10

As expected, the great figures of the ATP lamented the injury that will leave Carlos Alcaraz out of the first Grand Slam of the season. One of those who spoke about it was the Serbian Novak Djokovic, the top candidate for the title, who, despite increasing his chances of winning the tournament, showed his support for the current world number one in the face of a speedy recovery.

“It is not good for the tournament or for tennis. He is the number one in the world, a young player, a great name and a star of our sport. I'm sure many fans will be disappointed. I hope he has a speedy recovery. It happens all the time, even if you spend a longer period without official tournaments.

It is unfortunate for him, I hope he returns soon”, said the current number five in the ATP ranking. Alcaraz confirmed a couple of days ago his absence in the first Grand Slam of 2023 due to an injury he suffered during his preparation for the tournament.

This loss leaves the tournament without one of the players who would start in the batch of favorites, although not at the same level as the Serb himself. Alcaraz's loss could also have implications for his status as the ATP ranking leader.

The Spaniard may lose his privileged position in the event that his opponents, such as Djokovic and Casper Ruud himself, leave the tournament with the title in hand. It should be noted that the Murcian defends the points from the third round that he entered last year.

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Carlos Alcaraz had an impressive 2022 season

Following his defeat to Novak Djokovic in the semi-finals of the Adelaide tournament, Daniil Medvedev reacted in his own way to the withdrawal of world number 1, Carlos Alcaraz for the Australian Open.

"It's sad. He is one of the best players in the world. I would have liked to face him. His way of playing at 18 could be compared to Nadal, Djokovic or Federer, even though he still has 19 Grand Slams to win. So it's a shame he's not in Australia.

I'm sure he'll come back stronger." Alcaraz looked to return to the ATP tour during the Australian Open but was forced to withdraw from the tournament after picking up a muscle injury in his right leg during training. "When I was at my best in preseason, I picked up an injury through a chance, unnatural movement in training. This time it's the semimembranosus muscle in my right leg," Alcaraz wrote on Instagram.