Carlos Alcaraz admits that it is quite special for him to finish as the year-end No. 1 and revealed that he would have been «happy» even if Rafael Nadal finished the year ranked ahead of him. After Rafael Nadal picked up his second loss at the ATP Finals and lost his chances of qualifying for the semi-final, Alcaraz clinched the year-end No. 1 ranking.
On Wednesday night in Turin, Alcaraz received the No. 1 New Year’s Eve trophy. Alcaraz does not compete in Turin because an abdominal injury forced him to withdraw from the tournament. «It’s unbelievable that for so many years it was Federer, Nadal, Djokovic or Murray, and then a 19-year-old ‘Boy’ comes along and he does it.
It means a lot to me. Being a part of tennis history alongside these legends is an incredible feeling. All my life I have gone with Rafa and here she also wanted me to win. Even if she had taken number 1 from me, I would have been happy.
I expected Djokovic to win against Tsitsipas because I also have a good relationship with Novak,» said Alcaraz, quoted in Sportskeeda.
Alcaraz ends the year classified ahead of his idol Nadal
Earlier this month, Nadal was asked if ending the season ranked No. 1 was his big goal.
Nadal responded by revealing that at this stage in his career being world number 1 was no longer his top priority. “I won’t fight for No. 1 anymore. I have in the past. I’ve achieved that goal a couple of times in my career and I’ve been very, very happy and proud that I did.
But I’m at a point in my tennis career where I’m not fighting to be number 1,» Nadal said earlier this month. Meanwhile, Alcaraz confirmed on Wednesday that he is expected to be fully ready for the start of the 2023 season. . .