Carlos Alcaraz Focused on No. 1: 'Djokovic Inspires Every Practice'



by ZAIN UL ABEDIN

Carlos Alcaraz Focused on No. 1: 'Djokovic Inspires Every Practice'
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Carlos Alcaraz, the rising tennis sensation, steps onto the Rolex Shanghai Masters court with aspirations to overtake World No. 1, Novak Djokovic. 

Chasing his second consecutive ATP Year-End No. 1 title, sponsored by Pepperstone, Alcaraz stands just 580 points behind the Serbian ace in the Pepperstone ATP Live Race To Turin. Securing a place in the Shanghai final would see the young Spaniard clinch the top spot, surpassing Djokovic.

Alcaraz candidly remarked, “Djokovic’s prowess is evident in almost every training session I undertake. He’s my benchmark, my inspiration. When I step onto that court, I aim to match or even surpass his standard. Djokovic’s commitment and focus, whether in practice or in a match, set the bar high. And that's the level I strive for in my game."

2023 has indeed been a fruitful year for Alcaraz, as he proudly showcased six trophies. Making his inaugural appearance in Shanghai, his recent performance led him to the semi-finals in Beijing. Moreover, this top-seeded dynamo stands out as the sole player with over 60 tour-level victories this season, impressively reaching the semi-finals in 12 of the 14 events participated.

Carlos Alcaraz Reflects; Sinner Edges Ahead

Before facing off against Gregoire Barrere, Alcaraz delved into the psychological intricacies of top-tier competition. “The mental aspect is undeniably challenging, yet pivotal in tennis. Achieving consistency and overcoming hurdles is crucial if one aspires to dominate this sport," he reflected.

Despite his stellar performance, Alcaraz experienced a setback in the Beijing semi-finals, falling to the young prodigy, Jannik Sinner. Sinner, after this win, holds a slight edge with a 4-3 lead in their ongoing Lexus ATP Head2Head series. Yet, Alcaraz eagerly awaits their future encounters.

Commenting on their budding rivalry, Alcaraz stated, "Facing Sinner is always a unique challenge. Each match, win or loss, offers invaluable lessons. If our rivalry could emulate the iconic duels between Rafa and Roger, it'd be a dream realized not only for us but also for ardent tennis enthusiasts."

Carlos Alcaraz remains a beacon of promise, symbolizing the future of tennis. As he vies for the top spot, the tennis world keenly observes, anticipating thrilling showdowns and memorable moments.

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