Carlos Alcaraz has announced a period of break from competitions, after the Asian swing ended with a disappointing elimination against the Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov in the round of 16 of the ATP Masters 1000 in Shanghai. According to what was reported by the Spanish magazine Marca, Alcaraz has decided to take a week's break from all tennis activities before returning to training at the Ferrero Tennis Academy on Thursday 19 October.
Marca also states that the Swiss Indoors in Basel, the Paris Masters and the ATP Finals are the three events currently left on the world number 2's schedule to attempt to overtake Djokovic in the year-end rankings.
The Spaniard was overtaken in the ATP ranking by the new world number 1, Novak Djokovic, following the Serbian's victory in the 24th Slam.
In Asia, Alcaraz was looking for important points to get closer to Djokovic, but the Spaniard, however, did not succeed in his objective, reaching the semi-final in the ATP 500 in Beijing and the round of 16 in the Masters 1000 in Shanghai and currently remaining at number 2 in the ATP ranking
Alcaraz on his chances to come back no.1
After the bitter elimination in Shanghai, Alcaraz declared that it had become more difficult for him to finish the season as number 1.
"With this defeat, I'm a little further ahead and it will be tougher if I want to be number 1. I have some tournaments ahead, so I will try to do my best. I will try to win them if I want to have a chance to finish the year as number 1.
I don't know, but I've missed a lot of opportunities to make it right now,” he said.
We remind that the Serbian will defend important points at the end of the year including the victory of the Nitto ATP Finals, the final lost against the Danish Holger Rune in the Masters 1000 in Paris and the victory of the Astana Open 500 beating the Greek tennis player Stefanos Tsitsipas in the final.
The Spanish tennis player, however, due to an injury during the quarterfinals of the Masters 1000 tournament in Paris, did not participate in the Finals in Turin at the end of the year and defends the semi-final in the ATP 500 indoor tournament in Basel.