Carlos Alcaraz admits that it’s great to be ranked No. 1 in the world, but stressed that he still has to go out there and get wins and titles. Alcaraz, 19, wrote tennis history in September when he became the youngest top-ranked player in tennis history.
Since winning the US Open and becoming No. 1, Alcaraz hasn’t won a title, but he reached the Basel semi-final last week. “Being number one is a great feeling, but it’s just a number, it’s a ranking. It does not mean that you are going to win all the matches and all the tournaments.
Any player can still beat you. That’s how I see it,» Alcaraz said, according to Tennis Majors.
Alcaraz: «Being number one is a great feeling, but it’s just a number, it’s a ranking. It doesn’t mean you’re going to win every match and every tournament.
Any player can still beat you. That’s the way I see it.» – Tennis Majors (@Tennis_Majors) November 3, 2022
Alcaraz defeated Grigor Dimitrov at the Paris Masters
On Thursday, Alcaraz beat Dimitrov 6-1 6-3 to advance to the Paris quarterfinals.
Alcaraz got off to an impressive start against Dimitrov, claiming back-to-back breaks to open up a 4-0 lead. In game seven, when Dimitrov was serving to stay in the first set, Alcaraz hit his third break to seal the opening set.
After easily winning the first set, Alcaraz started the second set with an early break and a 3-0 lead. Down a set and a break, Dimitrov refused to give up as he broke Alcaraz and tied the second set at three games apiece.
However, losing an early break in the second set did not affect Alcaraz, who broke Dimitrov again in the eighth game and served for the match in the next game. “I started playing pretty well. [Grigor’s] The level is not the level you saw today, but I played very well.
At the end of the second set, it was more difficult for me, he came back, he raised the level and obviously it was difficult. He had a chance to go up in the second set, I had to stay calm at that moment and do my best not to let him go up,» Alcaraz reflected.