Carlos Alcaraz challenges Novak Djokovic: "I hope to meet him in the final"

Carlos Alcaraz will make his debut at the Internazionali BNL d'Italia by challenging countryman Albert Ramos-Vinolas on the Central Court of the Foro Italico, in Rome

by Lorenzo Ciotti
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Carlos Alcaraz challenges Novak Djokovic: "I hope to meet him in the final"

Carlos Alcaraz will make his debut at the Internazionali BNL d'Italia by challenging countryman Albert Ramos-Vinolas on the Central Court of the Foro Italico, in Rome. The Spaniard will once again be at the top of the ranking thanks to the victory obtained at the Mutua Madrid Open and to his mere presence in Rome.

A goal that gives further value to his path, but that does not shift the balance in the mind of a tennis player always projected towards the next tournament and the next goal to be achieved.

Alcaraz and the challenge to Novak Djokovic

In the press conference, Alcaraz said: "It's great to recover the first position in this tournament, but nothing changes for me.

I'll play the same way here, my preparation won't be different. It's the first time for me in Rome. The my first 24 hours here. I'm trying to enjoy my stay. I haven't visited the centre, I'd like to. For now, I've enjoyed the crowd and the beautiful clubhouse." The young Spanish star won his first match on the major circuit against Ramos-Vinolas: "It was a good match for me, the first victory at ATP level.

But it was played a long time ago. I've faced him other times and it has always been tough. It will be a great first round for me, I'll have to play well to go forward. It will be nice to play in front of this crowd. First time in a main draw with Novak Djokovic in 2023? It's great to have him here and to be able to learn from him.

It's always nice to have the best players in the world in a tournament. I hope I can meet him in the final. As a huge tennis fan, I've always said that I want to see the best players on the court and learn from them." Alcaraz turned 20 last week in Madrid: "When I was younger, I was a completely different person.

I probably didn't enjoy it like I'm enjoying it now. I always got angry, threw my racket, complained a lot. He was different. I began to calm down, control my emotions. I started enjoying playing tennis."

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