Ambitious Carlos dreams big

Henry

Carlos Alcaraz is in Buenos Aires for the Argentina Open and the young player is ready to fight not only to defend his title, but also to give wings to his dreams.

“I am a very competitive person, ambitious and I always want to win everything. This naturally serves as motivation to train hard and to participate in tournaments with the goal of winning titles,” said the Spaniard.

Alcaraz won his second Grand Slam title last year with a titanic performance in the Wimbledon final against Novak Djokovic. He admits that the 36-year-old Serbian’s resilience and ingenuity on the court also spurs him on to greater heights.

“Seeing Djokovic at the very top of the tennis rankings – together with the other players who win tournaments – also fuels my ambition to play at their level. The same can be said of the sport’s Big Three (Djokovic, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal); I want to make the gap between us smaller.”

“I am indeed someone who dreams big and I want to be the best player yet.”

He added that he would like to show off an Olympic gold medal in his display case.

“If I had to choose a specific goal this year, I would probably put Olympic success over the French Open at Roland-Garros. I am currently satisfied with my level of play and I am normally a clay court force,” Alcaraz told AFP.

Djokovic admitted last year that his duel with Alcaraz was “good” for world tennis.

“Carlos is going to be part of the ATP tour for a long time, while my playing time glass is running out. I would love it if we could play against each other again – the no. 1 and no. 2 player in the world who rumble each other in five sets. It’s very good for tennis,” said the 36-year-old Serbian.

Alcaraz won two of his five matches against the world’s top player.

ATP Rankings:

  1. Novak Djokovic 9,855 points
  2. Carlos Alcaraz 9,255 points
  3. Daniil Medvedev 8,765 points
  4. Jannik Sinner 8,070 points
  5. Andrey Rublev 5,050 points
  6. Alexander Zverev 5,030 points
  7. Holger Rune 3,695 points
  8. Hubert Hurkacz 3,595 points
  9. Taylor Fritz 3,150 points
  10. Stefanos Tsitsipas has 3,025 points