Spaniard Alcaraz plots lengthy reign as men’s No. 1

Spaniard Alcaraz plots lengthy reign as men’s No. 1

Tennis – Davis Cup – Group B – Spain v Republic of Korea – Pavello Municipal Font de Sant Lluis, Valencia, Spain – September 18, 2022 Spain’s Carlos Alcaraz reacts during his match against Republic of Korea’s Kwon Soon-woo REUTERS/Pablo Morano

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Sept 23 (Reuters) – Having become the youngest player to top the men’s world rankings, 19-year-old Carlos Alcaraz is already plotting to make sure his stint as world number one is a long one. The Spaniard rose to the top of ATP rankings when he won his maiden Grand Slam title at Flushing Meadows.

” “One of my goals (the year) is to finish it as number one,” Alcaraz stated according to the ATP website.

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“Now that I’ve got there, my goal is to stay as many days, weeks and months as possible. We are going to work hard for this. “

Alcaraz and fellow Spaniard Rafa Nadal, who won the Australian and French Open titles in 2022, are the only players to have sealed their spots for the ATP Finals in Turin.

The season-ending tournament on the men’s tour is played between the top eight singles players and doubles team and Alcaraz has his eyes set on it.

“I have several tournaments before the ATP Finals and we’re going to give it our all,” said Alcaraz. “I have many important tournaments, and my goal is to win the ATP Finals.

“You have to do what you have been doing, feel comfortable with what you do, enjoy yourself, be happy on court, play tennis – and that is what I’m going to do. That’s my secret. To forget all else and just enjoy tennis. “

Novak Djokovic, a 21-time Grand Slam winner, lavished praise on Alcaraz, calling the Spaniard a “great addition” to tennis.

“I congratulate Alcaraz for winning the U.S. Open,” Djokovic, who missed the U.S. Open as he has not been vaccinated against COVID-19, said on the sidelines of the Laver Cup in London.

“He did it in an incredible fashion … He’s 19 years old and already No. He’s already No. 1 in the world at years old. It’s amazing what he’s accomplished so far.

“He’s a great addition to our sport, a great star in making. He’s already seen the Grand Slam champion so we can’t talk about him as a future. “

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Reporting by Sudipto Ganguly in Mumbai; Editing by Clarence Frnandez

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