Carlos Alcaraz: A Rising Star at ATP Finals 2023
With nothing to lose and everything to gain, Carlos Alcaraz enters the ATP Finals 2023 with a determined mindset. As the first edition of the tournament for the young Spaniard, the world number two reflects on his journey, his rivalry with Novak Djokovic, and his recent defeat in Paris.
How Carlos Alcaraz Made It to ATP Finals 2023
“As I have been expressing and demonstrating, I have faced numerous challenges, especially in the latter part of the demanding season. I have meticulously addressed and worked on them. Physically, I have arrived in Turin in better condition than anticipated,” Carlitos explains during the presentation event of ATP Finals 2023, as reported by Brand. “Being able to participate here is a gift, and we will savor every moment,” adds the world number two, according to Relief. Despite doubts surrounding his physical condition after his losses in Vienna and Paris-Bercy, it seems that he is ready to give his all on the court.
The Impact of Defeat in Paris
Carlos Alcaraz is candid about the impact of his recent defeat against Roman Safiullin in the last Masters 1000 of the year: “The defeat was quite painful, and it lingered for a couple of days during which I had little motivation to do anything. However, now we find ourselves at the ATP Finals, one of the most prestigious tennis tournaments. We have done everything possible to be here at 100% and have trained relentlessly,” Alcaraz reveals to the media, displaying his usual sincerity.
Just as he did a couple of weeks ago in Paris, Carlos Alcaraz, currently ranked number two in the world, has trained with Novak Djokovic, the world number one, showcasing their amicable relationship within the circuit. Alcaraz comments on Djokovic’s dedication to training: “I am not surprised by his commitment to training. Practice makes perfect, and he is almost flawless. As for myself, I try to bring some joy to training and matches. Each player has their own approach.”
The Battle for Number One Takes a Backseat
Novak Djokovic only needs one more victory to secure his position as the world number one at the end of the 2023 season, following a captivating battle with Carlitos. Alcaraz acknowledges that he is currently conceding the top spot: “The fight for number one was my primary objective, but at this moment, I have practically lost it. It’s something I will try to use to my advantage by not dwelling on it.”