One of many issues that units Carlos Alcaraz aside is the truth that he has at all times been an open guide when discussing his hopes and goals on this planet of tennis, regardless that they’re loftier than most. The Spaniard, who used to shout from the rooftops that his need was to be the No. 1 participant on this planet, achieved his purpose on 12 September when he gained the US Open.
However being the youngest No. 1 within the historical past of the Pepperstone ATP Rankings just isn’t sufficient. Now that he has reached the highest of the mountain, Alcaraz intends to remain there.
Nonetheless, that’s not his solely purpose for this season; he additionally has his sights set on the Nitto ATP Finals, the event that brings collectively the very best gamers of 2022 in Turin, from 13 to twenty November.
“One in every of my targets is to complete [the year] as No. 1,” stated Alcaraz, who has equalled Carlos Moyà’s two-week stint on the high of the pile. “Now that I’ve acquired there, my purpose is to remain as many days, weeks and months as attainable. We’re going to work for that.”
His coach, Juan Carlos Ferrero, is on board with that message. “It has been seven lengthy and hard weeks on tour. It’s time to relaxation a bit and recharge batteries for what’s but to come back. [Maintaining No. 1️] till the top of the yr will probably be a complete new problem. We’ll struggle for it!” he wrote on his private Instagram account.
Alcaraz is following within the footsteps of Ferrero. After successful a Grand Slam — Roland Garros in 2003 — he climbed to the highest of the Pepperstone ATP Rankings following a run to the US Open remaining. Now Alcaraz is chasing a a title on the Nitto ATP Finals, a feat that the Valencian got here so near in 2002 (l. to Lleyton Hewitt within the remaining) and which solely two Spaniards have achieved (Manuel Orantes, 1976; Álex Corretja, 1998).
“I’ve a number of tournaments earlier than the [Nitto] ATP Finals and we’re going to present it our all,” stated Alcaraz. “I’ve a number of vital tournaments and one purpose is to attempt to win the [Nitto] ATP Finals.” Alcaraz already has a assured place on the season finale, as does Rafael Nadal. The 2 Spaniards are the one males who’ve secured their tickets to Turin.
Nonetheless, there are nonetheless a number of months of competitors to go and essentially the most speedy concern is taking a brief break.
“I wish to take a number of days to not take into consideration tennis, simply get pleasure from being with my individuals, my associates and my household,” the Murcia native stated. “Proper now, I wish to attempt to be a standard man and be with my associates, which is what I really feel like doing most.”
As soon as that break is over, he’ll expertise one thing new, taking to courtroom on the ATP Tour as the very best participant on this planet in keeping with the Pepperstone ATP Rankings.
“Once I’m alone on courtroom, we’ll see how I deal with the strain of being the World No. 1, however I’m going to strive not to consider it and revel in myself on courtroom.”
Lastly, the 19-year-old Spaniard revealed that his intention is to maintain doing what he has been doing, regardless of his current success.
“You’re a sure manner earlier than you attain No. 1 and develop into a Grand Slam champion, so why change that?” Alcaraz puzzled. “You need to do what you could have been doing, really feel snug with what you do, get pleasure from your self, be blissful on courtroom, play tennis — and that’s what I’m going to do. That’s the key for me. To attempt to overlook every little thing else and revel in taking part in tennis.”