Carlos Alcaraz: 'I enjoy on the court, I do not care if I miss'
by JOVICA ILIC | VIEW 3051
Carlos Alcaraz started his second reign on the ATP throne on Monday, a day after conquering his third Masters 1000 title in Indian Wells. A teenager skipped three months due to injuries, missing the ATP Finals and the Australian Open and making a winning return in February.
Alcaraz has reached the final at all three tournaments, lifting two titles and becoming the world's leading player again. Speaking about the start of the season after Indian Wells, Alcaraz mentioned the crucial changes in his approach.
The young gun is trying to take the pressure away and enjoy on the court, hitting with 100% from start to finish and accepting possible misses. Alcaraz conquered the desert in style, winning all six matches in straight sets to add the third Masters 1000 crown to his impressive tally at 19 years.
The Spaniard made a convincing start against Thanasi Kokkinakis and earned his 100th ATP victory against Tallon Griekspoor, needing only 132 matches to achieve that! Jack Draper retired in the second set in the fourth round, and the Spaniard set the quarter-final clash against Felix Auger-Aliassime.
Seeking his first win over the Canadian, the Spaniard prevailed 6-4, 6-4 after two hours to advance into the semi-final and arrange another thrilling meeting with Jannik Sinner.
Carlos Alcaraz is world no. 1 again, taking the throne from Novak Djokovic.
Carlos scored a 7-6, 6-3 win for a place in the final, saving a set point on serve in the opener's 12th game and controlling the scoreboard after that to move through.
An in-form Daniil Medvedev stood between Alcaraz and the ATP throne, but even he felt powerless against the young gun! Carlos earned a dominant 6-3, 6-2 victory in 70 minutes to lift the trophy and earn enough points to pass Novak Djokovic.
Alcaraz started his 21st week as world no. 1, leaving Mats Wilander on 20 and targeting Ilie Nastase's 40. Carlos has to defend the Miami Open title to keep the ATP throne in two weeks and enter the clay swing ahead of Novak.
"I have not improved my tennis while being injured. I'm doing better than last year because I play relaxed tennis without pressure. That's the most important thing for me. I'm enjoying on the court, which allows me to bring my A-game.
I have no doubts about my shots, trusting them all and feeling comfortable on the court. I do not mind if I miss some of them as long as I hit with my 100%," Carlos Alcaraz said.