The path to reach the final again at the US Open is hard and full of pitfalls for Carlos Alcaraz. Pitfalls that jeopardize his adventure in Flushing Meadwos. The Spaniard hasn't been as lucky compared to his direct opponent Novak Djokovic in New York, and will have to be very careful of the various rivals and outsieders who are on his side of the draw.
The first question mark on the number 1 in the world is whether he will have fully recovered from the efforts of the last few tournaments. After Wimbledon and the Hopman Cup, Alcaraz had two tough tournaments in Toronto and Cincinnati, where he spent a lot of time and energy on the court.
In the charity event on the Arthur Ashe Stadium in favor of the Ukrainian population, the Spaniard showed up with a bandage on his left leg. The second unknown is represented by the level of tennis that he will be able to express, given that he has not convinced everyone both in Canada and in Ohio.
The last Grand Slam of the season will be an opportunity to redeem himself.
Alcaraz's path at the US Open 2023
In the first round Carlos Alcaraz will face the German Koepfer in an unprecedented match. A match that shouldn't be underestimated for the athlete trained by coach Juan Carlos Ferrero.
Next he will face the winner of the confrontation between Guido Pella and Lloyd Harris. Potential third round not easy for the Spaniard, who could cross the Washington ATP 500 winner Daniel Evans. In the round of 16, following the seeded players, the very young 20-year-old would challenge one of Cameron Norrie (not in great shape considering the recent results and the last victory only at Wimbledon) and Tallon Griekspoor.
He will further level up in the quarterfinals, in the second week of the tournament: waiting for him there could be Jannik Sinner again, as well as last year, or Alexander Zverev. The Russian Daniil Medvedev should arrive in the semifinals, another big favorite for the final victory, being a cement specialist and world number 3.
In the final, of course, everyone is waiting for another super challenge against Novak Djokovic, who has certainly avoided several threats. Click here to read the US Open men's singles main draw.