Carlos Alcaraz was the big star of 2022. The 19-year-old Spaniard had already shown signs of great growth in the second half of last year, when he accomplished the feat of beating Stefanos Tsitsipas at the US Open. The year 2022 marked the definitive explosion of ‘Carlitos’, who won his first Slam at the US Open.
Thanks to his triumph in New York, Juan Carlos Ferrero’s protégé became the youngest number 1 in the history of men’s tennis. As if that were not enough, the Iberian also won two Masters 1000 (Miami and Madrid) and two ATP 500 (Rio and Barcelona) this year.
In the latter part of the season, the Spaniard came under a bit of pressure and was unable to perform at his best due to a knee problem. His year ended prematurely due to an abdominal strain suffered during the Masters 1000 in Paris-Bercy.
During a recent interview, Alcaraz made some interesting comments for the upcoming season. «Without a doubt 2023 will be a difficult year, because I will start the season as number 1 in the ATP and there will be a lot of pressure on me,» Alcaraz began.
«I will try to keep a positive approach and enjoy the course, without worrying too much about what people say. In the end, I managed to beat my idols and make some of my biggest dreams come true. Whatever happens in the future, I will continue to enjoy of tennis and I will not lose sight of my roots», he added.
Mats Wilander recently analyzed Carlitos’ prospects: «It won’t be easy for him to metabolize everything he’s done in 2022. I’m sure Juan Carlos Ferrero can help you in that regard, but now comes the most difficult part.»
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Mats Wilander has said that Carlos Alcaraz should not be compared to Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic. «I think 2022 will be very difficult to digest for Alcaraz. But I also think (coach) Juan Carlos Ferrero will know exactly what they have to do.
I think there is a validation process that Carlos has to go through. ‘Am I really number 1 in the world?’ «I mean, ‘what are you putting me as number 1 at 19? He doesn’t have to be considered the best player, but one thing is for sure: it’s a lot of fun to watch him play tennis.» when he is so good and laughs at the same time.
He is the most inspiring tennis player we have for what he did in 2022 and above all for the way he did it. Never compare him with Rafa, Roger and Novak, the way he did he had never seen anything like that», expressed the Swede.