Carlos Alcaraz: 'That's what I am hoping for this year'
by SIMONE BRUGNOLI | VIEW 2731
One day after starting his participation in the Rio Open, Carlos Alcaraz ended up taking his pass to the second instance of the Brazilian tournament after defeating the home player Mateus Alves. The rain prevented him from doing it on Tuesday, and it was not until Wednesday that he complied with the procedure.
"Things have changed. Last year I received a lot of love from the public, but this year I have also noticed the difference. I feel enormously loved here, with people who support me”, commented the defending champion of the tournament.
"Stopping and having to return the next day is not easy at all. However, it is what has happened and it is a circumstance that tennis players go through, we have to overcome it and face it in the best possible way," he added.
Alcaraz comes from winning the Argentina Open, a contest that gave him a confidence boost after starting the season injured: "After four months out, I had a good week in Argentina, I'm confident. I want to have a nice year, with many tournaments.
There is a bit of pressure because I have to defend several titles, but I want to enjoy". Finally, Carlitos insisted that his position in the ranking is something that obsesses him in the short term: "Number one is a good goal, one that like this year." The Murcian's next rival on Brazilian clay will be the Italian Fabio Fognini.
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Alcaraz continued his unbeaten run in 2023
Carlos Alcaraz continued his unbeaten run in 2023, with a solid 6-4, 6-4 win over Mateus Alves in the opening-round encounter at the Rio Open.
"Truth is a beautiful year awaits, with beautiful tournaments," Carlos Alcaraz said. "It is true there will be a little pressure to defend important titles. I will have to play at a good level, nut, as I always say, I play every match thinking I have to enjoy it, much beyond the results.
I have to try to win more Grand Slam titles, reclaim te No. 1 position," Carlos Alcaraz said. "That's what I am hoping for this year," he continued. "It is not easy to stop after an entire match and have to start it again the next day, I feel I am doing well after four months injured. I had a very good week in Argentina and I am coming here with a lot of confidence," he added.