Carlos Alcaraz reinstates his ‘big dream’ to become ‘best in history’
Carlos Alcaraz has echoed himself from earlier in the year by revealing that his dream is to become a tennis great, after moving one step closer to defending his Madrid Open title.
Alcaraz, who turns 20-years-old today, beat Karen Khachanov to reach the semi-finals of his home Masters 1000 event for the second year running.
Earlier in the year after winning the Indian Wells title, the Spaniard revealed that his ambitions to ‘somehow get close’ to Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic’s career achievements and become ‘one of the best in history’.
And after his straight sets win over Khachanov, Alcaraz repeated this sentiment, “Well, my dream in tennis right now is to become one of the best tennis players in history. I know that this is a big dream, probably is too big.”
Alcaraz added, “But in this world, you have to dream big and you have to think big, as well. I want to be part of the, you know, the best tennis players in history and I will work for it.”
It is often said that the most difficult thing in professional sport is not getting to the top, it’s staying at the top, and Alcaraz does not seem concerned about his desire and motivation fading over the years.
“I’m not afraid, I’m a very ambitious boy who doesn’t want to lose even the marbles. I think I’m not going to get tired of tennis, I’m not afraid of this, I just live from day to day and I love playing tennis, I’m a winning guy, so I’m not afraid that one day I’ll get tired of winning. I know that’s not going to happen,” claimed the US Open champion.
Carlos Alcaraz and his teenage career achievements
As Alcaraz’s teenage years come to an end, here is a lookback on the incredible records and achievements he has set in his already established tennis career:
Career high ranking: No.1
Number of ATP Career titles: 9
Grand Slam titles: 1 (US Open 2022)
Masters 1000 titles: 3 (Miami Open 2022, Madrid Open 2022, Indian Wells 2023)
- Youngest player to win an ATP 500 tournament (18 years, 10 months)
- Youngest player to win the Miami Open (18 years, 11 months)
- Youngest player to win the Madrid Open (19 years)
- Youngest ATP No.1 (19 years, 4 months)
- Youngest year-end ATP No.1 in the Open Era (19 years, 5 months)
Alcaraz will be looking to win his fourth Masters 1000 title this week, and the first title of his twenties, but will have to get past Borna Coric later today in his Madrid Open semi-final match first.
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