Carlos Alcaraz: "I don't see Rafael Nadal as an enemy but ..."

Carlos Alcaraz and Rafael Nadal will have a good battle in this Paris-Bercy Masters 1000 to end the year at number one

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Carlos Alcaraz: "I don't see Rafael Nadal as an enemy but ..."

Carlos Alcaraz and Rafael Nadal will have a good battle in this Paris-Bercy Masters 1000 to end the year at number one. The Murciano is in the best position to reach him as it depends on himself and if he manages to reach the quarter-finals he will have reached the goal.

However, Rafa will not make things easy for him and will do everything to be able to fight for the first position: it will be the first time that two players of this nationality face each other to finish the season at the top of the standings.

Alcaraz is looking to do it for the first time as Nadal goes for the sixth.

The rivalry with Rafa Nadal

Everything will be decided in Paris, from where Carlos Alcaraz confided to Eurosport what his rivalry with Rafa means: "He is not an enemy.

I don't see it that way. It is true that Rafa is fighting for the number one, there are also other players who have the same goal, so I have to give my all. Off the court we are colleagues, at least that's how I see it. Rafa is not my enemy.

With the rest of the players he is the same. Beyond that relationship I will try to remain number 1." During this interview, Alcaraz was also asked what it means to be the youngest number one in history and the changes his life has had after this success: "It's an incredible feeling, waking up as world number one and US Open champion, it's a dream come true, I'm enjoying this moment.

I am still working and my life is still the same. I am the same boy and player who continues to train and improve." Another thing that raises doubts about Alcaraz is his physical condition, because although Murcian has already confirmed that he will play the tournament, there are still doubts that he will do it 100% after the annoyance he had.

to the knee. "It's a bit painful, but the schedule is very busy. We are playing and traveling almost non-stop and it is normal for there to be some pain. All players have them and we learn to deal with them. I feel good physically and I am ready to play here in Paris and Turin for the Masters Cup." Finally, Carlos ruled out coming to Paris to take revenge for what happened last season in the round of 16 match against Gaston, when he was overwhelmed by the unfavorable environment.

“It was a tough time, but I'm not playing this tournament to take revenge. That moment helped me learn how to face the next matches. The players are alone on the pitch and you have to know how to deal with certain situation."

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