Carlos Alcaraz: 'Nothing has changed from last year except that...'

“Compared to the previous year, nothing has changed, except that…”

“I’m prepared, have the confidence, the level, the physique and the mentality to be able to win a Grand Slam tournament. Maybe not at Roland Garros, but I see myself prepared for a Grand Slam this year. And I’m not afraid to say it.”

After winning his first Masters 1000 career at the Miami Open on April 3, Carlos Alcaraz spoke out loud and spoke with personality and determination about his personal goals. The Spaniard has his last chance of the year at the US Open, a tournament scheduled from August 29 to September 11.

Born in Murcia, he reached the quarter-finals in Roland Garros and the round of 16 in Wimbledon, losing to Alexander Zverev and Jannik Sinner respectively. In Flushing Meadows, the possible path to the final and first Grand Slam title will be fraught with pitfalls and difficult challenges.

Alcaraz has played a variety of tournaments in recent months and has not appeared in his best physical condition at the Masters 1000 in Montreal and Cincinnati. The Spaniard will make his US Open debut against Sebastian Baez and would challenge in the event of a win in the second round between Federico Coria and Tallon Griekspoor.

If the first two dates can be considered accessible, at least on paper; the same cannot be said for the third. In fact, Borna Coric could be waiting for him. The Croatian surprised everyone and surpassed all expectations at the Western & Southern Open, where he won his first 1000 of his career, beating the likes of Rafael Nadal, Felix Auger-Aliassime, Cameron Norrie and Stefanos Tsitsipas.

The favorites to reach the round of 16 in the same squad as Alcaraz will be Marin Cilic and Daniel Evans. The Croatian won the US Open in 2014 and has shown he can get the best out of his tennis at Flushing Meadows.

Alcaraz is confident

Carlos Alcaraz has become a star on the circuit in just a few short months and it was here in New York last year that his talent burst, particularly after a Titanic match against Tsitsipas. When asked about this new status, the Spaniard doesn’t want to change his stance.

“Nothing has changed compared to last year, except that I know a few more people. But I will not change, I will remain humble and keep my child’s soul,” said Carlos. When asked about his potential semi-final against Rafa, Carlos was clear.

“Obviously it would be great for me to play a semi-final here against Rafa but there are big games ahead and I have to get through them all. Although I think I feel stronger and better prepared than last year because I have more long game experience.”

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