Carlos Alcaraz began the week in Buenos Aires surrounded by a lot of uncertainty after not having competed in almost four months. Also, if he did not win the title and Stefanos Tsitsipas did in Rotterdam, the Greek would appear this Monday as the new No.2 in the Pepperstone ATP Rankings.
However, the Murcian says goodbye to his debut in Argentina with the trophy in his hands and with the illusion of returning to No. 1. “It has been a great week for me,” he explained at a press conference after the victory against Cameron Norrie in the finale.
“I started playing well, but with a lot to improve. From the quarterfinals it seemed that he had not stopped competing in the last four months. I was feeling well physically, very well at the tennis level. I take many positive things from each match in Buenos Aires”.
The 19-year-old from Murcia, now the tournament’s youngest champion, only dropped one set during the week in his debut against Serb Laslo Djere. From then on he was a total dominator, leaving on the way the Serbian Dusan Lajovic, the Spanish Bernabé Zapata and the British Cameron Norrie, whom he defeated with partials of 6-3, 7-5.
But in addition to dominating, Alcaraz also enchanted with his tennis and his spectacular plays. “As I said before, I try to enjoy myself. I love to play tennis, and that is what I have come to do. I try to do new things, not so usual things, invent a little on the track, and thanks to that I enjoy myself, I smile.
That is the goal, ”added the seven-time ATP Tour champion, who had not won a title since the 2022 US Open. It was precisely his first Grand Slam title last September that catapulted him to No.1 in the Pepperstone ATP Rankings.
However, his absence due to injury in recent months contributed to Novak Djokovic pushing him off the top at the end of last month.
Carlos Alcaraz returned to the ATP tour
Carlos Alcaraz won his seventh ATP title at the Argentina Open on Sunday.
“I try to work every day, in each training session, to be able to have a good mental level. Also, I try to surround myself with my family, my team, my family and my friends. When I’m not playing tennis I consider myself a normal boy who he does normal things, and that helps me a lot to disconnect, which is important,” the Spaniard said.
“I try not to put that pressure on myself of being the youngest to achieve something, be it a tournament, number one… I go to the track to enjoy myself, to have fun Well, try to improve. That’s my goal,” Alcaraz added.
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