Carlos Alcaraz suggested that he did not feel any additional pressure in his first matches as world number 1. After winning the US Open, Alcaraz got on a plane and went directly from New York to Valencia. On Sunday, Alcaraz defeated South Korea’s Sonwoo Kwon 6-4 7-6(1) to help Spain advance to the knockout stage of the Davis Cup final.
After the match, Alcaraz was asked if there was any added pressure as he was playing as the highest ranked player in the world. “I would tell you yes, but I haven’t felt it. I heard Medvedev say that he felt the pressure of being No.
1, which he thought would be easier. In my case, maybe it’s because I’ve played Davis Cup and I had the warmth of all the people behind me, I didn’t play alone, so it seemed easier to me. We will see in an individual tournament, when I am alone on the court, how I handle that pressure,» Alcaraz said, according to Punto de Break.
Alcaraz wants to help Spain to win the competition
Alcaraz, 19, has had a breakout season as he won a Grand Slam and two Masters titles this year. Alcaraz admits that he would now like to cap off his season by winning the Davis Cup Finals and the ATP Finals.
“Now I have a few tournaments left until the end of the season, but it is clear that one of my big goals is to win the ATP Finals and also the Davis Cup. Finishing the year as World No. 1 would also be nice; once you get here, the intention is to work to be up there for as long as possible,” said Alcaraz.
The Davis Cup Finals will take place in Malaga between November 23 and 27. Whether Alcaraz can lead Spain to this year’s Davis Cup Finals title remains to be seen.