Carlos Alcaraz has confirmed that he is healthy and fit as the Spaniard admits his goal is to win the Indian Wells Masters and return to first place. During the Golden Swing, Alcaraz suffered a hamstring injury and was forced to skip Acapulco.
Now, Alcaraz is ready to return to action at the Indian Wells Masters. «Am [feeling] very good right now. Today was the first practice I practiced with some players, [played] some points. I feel great. I took a few days off and it went really well.
Right now I’m ready,» Alcaraz said, according to the ATP website.
Alcaraz: I want the Indian Wells title but I’m not a favorite
Alcaraz, who became the youngest No. 1 in tennis history after winning the US Open last year, is now ranked No. 2 in the world.
If Alcaraz wins the Indian Wells title, he will also replace Novak Djokovic in the top spot. «It’s a really good goal for me. Of course playing a Masters 1000 is always difficult and I really want to get a good result here. I love this tournament too.»
For me, winning the tournament and being No. 1 again is a very good goal and I’m looking forward to it,» Alcaraz said. Alcaraz wants the Indian Wells title, but admits he’s not the top seed for the title. «On hard court I think I’m a very good tennis player, so I’ll try.
I don’t consider myself a favorite to win the tournament because [it has been] long time since I played on hard court. Of course, there are many great players in this draw who have a chance to win the tournament. I would say that I have my chances to win the tournament and I will [try to] take it,» explained Alcaraz.
Seeded Alcaraz has a first-round bye in Indian Wells and is kicking off his campaign against the winner of the Thanasi Kokkinakis-Brandon Holt matchup.