Carlos Alcaraz seems to have partially overcome the foot problem that prevented him from taking part in the ATP 500 tournament in Basel and is preparing to challenge Novak Djokovic for the ATP throne. The Spaniard and the Serbian are at the showdown of a season that saw them both protagonists, and both in contention for the most important titles.
"I have good news! I'm getting better with each passing day and I'll be playing in Paris-Bercy and I'll be in Turin for the ATP Finals! I'm excited to finish the year strong! I'd be lying if I said I'm 100%. At this point in the season , after a long year, I think all the players have some problems.
I feel like that. I feel a bit of pain, but in recent weeks I've recovered quite well. I'm here and I feel good enough to get a good result," said the Spaniard.
Carlos Alcaraz and Carlos Alcaraz are in a showdown
Alcaraz had the opportunity to train with Novak Djokovic last day and posted a photo with him on social media.
"I don't know who has more chances to win between me and Novak Djokovic. Jannik Sinner, for example, is playing incredibly. Daniil Medvedev too. There are many great players and I think the table is open. Many tennis players can win the tournament I think training with the best is the most appropriate way to prepare for the tournament.
We talked before we arrived in Paris about the possibility of training together one day, and it happened yesterday. He won!" Alcaraz, due to an injury suffered in Paris-Bercy, missed the ATP Finals last year.
"I'm really excited to play this tournament.
I don't have good memories, but I'm trying to forget everything that happened in previous years. I hope things are better this year. I'm not thinking about the past, I'm just focused on the present, " he said. The Spaniard is in the bottom half of the draw at the Paris-Bercy ATP Masters 1000 and will face Roman Safiullin on his debut today.
The Spaniard can return to world no.1 already in Paris-Bercy, if he manages to obtain better results than Novak Djokovic. The Serb must defend the victories at the Rolex Paris Masters and the ATP Finals achieved last season.