Carlos Alcaraz: “I never thought I would be #1 in this fast” | ATP . round

Carlos Alcaraz, who was still only 18 years old, served as a balancing act in winning his first ATP Masters 1000 title in Miami back in March. But when they handed him the phone and King Philip VI of Spain heard some words of congratulations, he lost his composure and collapsed.

A few months later, three days after his nineteenth birthday, the powerful Spaniard had a phenomenal performance in Madrid. Defeated Citizen and Idol, No. 4 Rafael Nadalin the quarter-finals No. 1 Novak Djokovic In the semi-finals and third place Alexander Zverev In the final – his second title in the Masters 1000. After that, King Felipe shook his hand and stood for pictures with the still uncomfortable young man.

After winning the US OpenHe became the youngest man to win a major since Nadal’s first title Roland Garros In 2005, the No. 1 player in the world was a guest of the King at Zarzuela Palace on the outskirts of Madrid. This time, Alcaraz looked and felt much more comfortable. In fact, he appears to be growing into his role as the ruling monarch in men’s tennis.

Alcaraz said Sunday in an interview with ATP Media on The Conquest of Astana. “Everyone wants to meet the King of Spain.” It’s madness when you enter, [seeing] All people work. It’s a lot.

“I’ve been dreaming all these years, I’m probably in a movie.”

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The second part begins in Kazakhstan, where the top seed Alkaraz plays and Tuesday plays the lucky loser David Goffin In the third match on the main court of the National Tennis Center. Goffin made it to the main draw when he scored Denmark Holger Ron Withdrew with a right knee injury. Alcaraz beat Goffin in their only previous meeting 6-3 6-3 in a second round match in Melbourne last year.

The massive field in Kazakhstan also includes four singles champions of the Grand Slam: Novak Djokovicmain winner 21 times, Stan WawrinkaAnd the Marin Cilic And the Daniel Medvedev.

Like many professional players in the game today, Alcaraz dreamed of becoming the number one player in the world and a Grand Slam champion for the first time. On the same day, September 11, he achieved both goals simultaneously. He is the youngest No. 1 player in ATP Tour history, since 1973. He did it the hard way, becoming the third player to win five consecutive matches en route to a Grand Slam title; He was in court for about 24 hours, for an entire day in the real world.

Hours after the match, he said he “turned off my mind and had a great time” with members of his team and his family. Then he went straight back to work. Five days later, he was playing a Davis Cup match in Valencia, Spain. It had only been three weeks since his victory in New York when he sat down to speak in Astana.

“I didn’t have much time to understand what I achieved in US OpenAlkaraz said. “Yeah, honestly, I feel normal. I feel like the same kid, the same guy. Of course, it’s great to achieve what I’ve achieved in US Open And the [becoming] #1 in the world, but I feel the same way. It’s the world of tennis – week after week, tournament after tournament.

“You have to stay focused on your goals and your training.”

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After losing to Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime, the Kars rushed to defeat Sunwoo Kwon Korea’s national team is helping send Spain to the quarter-finals, where they will play Croatia next month in Australia with a chance of winning the Davis Cup title.

When the Pepperstone ATP Ranking was announced on Monday, not only was Alcaraz at the top, but Nadal climbed to number two. And it was the first time two players from the same country had a 1-2 lead in 22 years, when he was an American player. sampras house And the Andre Agassi I did.

“Being a part of Spanish history means a lot,” Alcaraz said. “For me, having players at the top, it’s crazy.”

He said his goal is to finish the year as a number one player.

“I think I said at the beginning of the year that the goal was to be the first 15 players,” Alcaraz said. “And now I am No. 1. From now until the end of the year, I have some good tournaments ahead. [My goal] It is to show my best in those tournaments.

“I never thought I’d be #1 so quickly.”

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