Shintaro Mochizuki: I want to be world No. 1 one day

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Shintaro Mochizuki: I want to be world No. 1 one day

Promising Japanese Shintaro Mochizuki, 16, has set high goals for his career as he wants to one day be ranked at No. 1 in the world. The Japanese is one of the most talented junior players in the world as he is a candidate to finish the season as the top-ranked boy.

When asked about potentially finishing the season as the top-ranked boy, Mochizuki told the ITF website: "It would be unbelievable, but I want to be the No. 1 men’s player." Earlier this year, Mochizuki had a promising campaign in the French Open boys' singles event but failed to lift the title.

Back then, the Japanese made the semifinal before losing to Toby Kodat. However, a deep run at Roland Garros was a big confidence boost for Mochizuki, who went all the way at The All England Club a couple of weeks later. Mochizuki dominated Spain's Carlos Gimeno Valero in the Wimbledon boys' final 6-3 6-2 to lift his maiden Junior Grand Slam title.

"Winning a Junior Grand Slam title at Wimbledon was unreal and made me believe so much more than before,” Mochizuki said. “I remember the moment of victory in the final, I couldn’t really believe what had happened. I was just so happy that I’d won the tournament. It was a big step for my career”.