Novak Djokovic Carlos Alcaraz ATP 2022

‘I want to face Novak Djokovic!’ – Carlos Alcaraz eager to face ultimate test

Carlos Alcaraz is hoping to play Novak Djokovic for the first time in his career at this week’s Monte Carlo Masters as he looks to “challenge” himself against the world’s best.

18-year-old Spanish sensation Alcaraz has taken tennis by storm recently. Alcaraz has risen a total of 395 ranking positions in just over two years, going from 406th in 2020 to 11th in 2022.

Just two weeks ago, he became the youngest player to win the Miami Open as well as the third youngest Masters champion of all time, just behind Michael Chang and 21-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal.

Alcaraz faced Nadal in the semi-finals of last month’s Indian Wells Masters. Ahead of the encounter Alcaraz’ idol Nadal sung his compatriot’s praises by calling the youngster “unstoppable.”

Now, Alcaraz is hoping to face another Grand Slam legend in 20-time Slam great and World number one Djokovic.

The pair have been drawn in the same quarter at this week’s Monte Carlo Masters and could face each other in the quarter-finals.

Alcaraz will likely begin his campaign against American youngster Sebastian Korda, whom he beat in the final of last year’s Next Gen ATP Finals, whilst Djokovic faces one of Spaniard Alejandro Davidovich Fokina or American Marcos Giron.

Speaking to reporters ahead of this week’s Monte Carlo Masters, Alcaraz said “I hope to face Djokovic in the quarter-finals.

“Sometimes it’s difficult but I am trying to make it easy. The first time of everything to do my best and trying to manage the nerves of the first time well.

“I don’t want to be in a rush. I focus on the first round. Looking for the first round first but it would be a great match against the number one of the world. It’s amazing for me. But hope to play well in the first match and hope to meet him in the quarter-finals.

“It would be amazing to play against him, it would be a great challenge for me.”

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