Carlos Alcaraz: 'I've always taken it naturally to face the best'

Carlos Alcaraz clinched the US Open 2022

by Simone Brugnoli
Carlos Alcaraz: 'I've always taken it naturally to face the best'

How could it be otherwise, as soon as a new Grand Slam title was consumed for the Serbian tennis player, the congratulations arrived. One of them came from one of his new rivals on the circuit: Carlos Alcaraz. In addition to reaching 10 Australian Open crowns and 22 Grand Slams, the Serbian tennis player has achieved another success by regaining his place as world number one.

Once again, the ATP rankings will start with the name of who has held that position the most times. The loser in this scenario is precisely Alcaraz, who will leave his throne vacant after not being able to play the first "big tournament" of the season due to injury.

The 19-year-old Spaniard took to his Twitter account to message him remotely. "Congratulations to Novak Djokovic for the Australian Open and for his title of world number one! Very well deserved! Hope to see you on the court!" Wrote the former ATP ranking leader.

The post was accompanied by a slew of messages from his own fans urging him to pull himself together and opt for the No. 1 spot on the men's chart again. It should be noted that Djokovic and Alcaraz have met only once on the ATP Tour, namely last year in the semi-finals of the Masters 1000 in Madrid, where the Spaniard won.

This is the first of many expected confrontations between these two generational banners of "white sport". Alex Corretja was kind enough to look into the Carlos Alcaraz affair soon back on the pitch. For Alex, Carlito paid the price for his efforts but he will come back.

"I think the big effort he made to win the US Open, to become world number one, all that, it's normal that it takes a lot of energy and it also takes a little time to realize this what happens when you're number one and the expectations you have to manage."

Alcaraz has provided a sneak peek of his mentality

Carlos Alcaraz has provided a sneak peek of his mentality.

"The best in history, like Rafa, Roger and Novak, have never stagnated and have been improving over time. I hope to take those small leaps and improve my tennis, physically and mentally," he said, as per Marca. "The courage with which I play.

I'm not afraid, it doesn't matter who's in front of me. That has been basic to achieve what I've already achieved. I've always taken it naturally to face the best. That ambition has made me be who I am right now," he added.

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