Records and Ambitions: Carlos Alcaraz Eyes Novak Djokovic's Grand Slam Prowess

Alacaraz became the youngest player since Björn Borg to reach the round of 16 at the Grand Slams seven times in a row

by Sededin Dedovic
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Records and Ambitions: Carlos Alcaraz Eyes Novak Djokovic's Grand Slam Prowess
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Spanish tennis player Carlos Alcaraz was "lucky" at the Australian Open, effortlessly advancing to the round of 16 after his opponent was forced to withdraw due to injury. At just 18 years old, Alcaraz's success puts him in elite company, as he becomes the youngest player since Björn Borg to reach the round of 16 at Grand Slam tournaments seven times in a row.

Despite this remarkable feat, Alcaraz remains extremely focused on his long-term goals, downplaying his latest achievement. In an interview after the match, the Murcia native expressed his humility, saying: "I try not to give importance to it because the records I want to break are the ones Novak Djokovic is breaking now.

Those are the goals I set for myself. " Alcaraz's ambition goes beyond individual records, aiming to follow in the footsteps of tennis legends like Djokovic. The Serbian player has raised the bar high with numerous Grand Slam victories, and Alcaraz sees that as the standard he wants to achieve in his rising career.

He started playing at a high level at a very young age, but it takes years and consistency to reach a player of Djokovic's level. While acknowledging the historical significance of matching Björn Borg's record, Alcaraz remains cautious about placing too much emphasis on such achievements.

"Breaking a record like this one held by a legend like Borg is always a good thing, but if you attach too much importance to them, it can work against you," Alcaraz wisely advises. His maturity and passionate approach to his rising career show that he still has good advisors and upbringing, which is a prerequisite for becoming a top athlete.

Looking ahead, Alcaraz faces Novak's compatriot Miomir Kecmanovic in the round of 16. Kecmanovic won his last two matches in Melbourne in five sets after saving four match points. The upcoming clash promises an exciting encounter, with both players eager to progress further at the Australian Open, we will see an attractive match.

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