Carlos Alcaraz: New goals, obscene offers – this is what comes to the new number one

Carlos Alcaraz has been at the top of the ATP world rankings for just over a week. An ascent that brings with it some changes.

The late-night host Pablo Motos recently asked the 19-year-old in the program “El Hormiguero” if he now received more “indecent offers” via Instagram. “Yes…”, the often shy-looking Alcaraz replied with a. Laughter is also included when you are no longer “just” at the center of the tennis cosmos, but have more or less achieved the status of a pop star in your home country.

Alcaraz is currently getting to know this life. While the rest of the tennis elite prepares for the Laver Cup (September 23-25 ​​live on free TV on Eurosport 1 and on discovery+), the new number one in Spain rushes from press event to press event.

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Alcaraz is sad that Roger Federer, one of his idols, will end his great career in London: “I always wanted to play against Federer, but I won’t get the chance anymore,” he said at a press conference in Madrid. But: “Maybe it’s better that way. Then I won’t lose.”

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Alcaraz: Pressure? What pressure?

Alcaraz did not lose his modesty even after his US Open victory, which also made him the youngest number one in history. Losing is something he rarely sees at the moment.

In the Davis Cup, the new industry leader allowed himself to throw in the duel against Félix Auger-Aliassime and Team Canada (7:6) [7:3]4:6, 2:6). In the decisive duel with South Korea, Alcaraz was there again and led Spain with a victory over Soonwoo Kwon (6: 4, 7: 6 [7:1]) as group winners in the last round.

Alcaraz wanted nothing to do with an extra backpack as number one. On the contrary: “When you have just become number one in the world and have won an important tournament like the US Open, it gives you extra confidence and security,” said the Spaniard after his success in Valencia.

Alcaraz did not feel the pressure Daniil Medvedev described as world number one before his first tournament last March. Also because he knew his team was behind him: “Maybe it was easier for me because I didn’t play the Davis Cup alone as number one, but had a lot of fans and the team behind me.”

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Alcaraz: The next targets have been marked

You can believe it Alcaraz, who is on cloud nine in 2022 with five titles and a fabulous record of 52:10 wins. But the 19-year-old also knows that it will be a huge task to defend his place in the sun until the end of the year.

“We’ll see how I handle the pressure of being number one in the world when I play in a singles tournament,” said Alcaraz, who still has a lot planned for the coming months.

After a short break in his native Spain, his plan is to play in Astana (October 3-9), Basel (October 24-30), Paris (October 31-November 6), at the ATP Finals in Turin (November 13). 20) and the Davis Cup final in Malaga (November 23-27).

“Obviously one of my big goals is to win the ATP Finals and also the Davis Cup,” Alcaraz recently formulated his new goals: “It would also be nice to end the year as number one in the world. If I ever If I get that far, I’ll work to stay up there as long as possible.”

Medvedev excited about Alcaraz: “Just completely crazy”

Alcaraz has it in his own hands. In addition to the world rankings, the youngster, who participated in (and won) the Next Gen ATP Finals last year, also leads the Race to Turin. If he can withstand the pressure that Carlos Alcaraz will feel physically and above all mentally, he can achieve these ambitious goals.

With Medvedev, one of his biggest competitors certainly believes he is capable of it – despite his young age.

“What Carlos has done since the beginning of his career is just completely crazy. It’s ridiculous. The guy is 19 years old. His level of tennis is amazing,” the Russian praised his successor as US Open champion in an interview with Eurosport France : ” All summer it looked like he was in a little bit of trouble – but then came the US Open at Flushing Meadows. The guy plays five-set matches, finishes them at three in the morning, recovers, wins the trophy and becomes the new number one . Congratulations to Carlos.”
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