Carlos Alcaraz: "Anyone can beat me"

The Spaniard focused on a particular aspect in the press conference, a few days before his path in Barcelona

by Lorenzo Ciotti
Carlos Alcaraz: "Anyone can beat me"

The victory of the Indian Wells Master 1000 and the semifinal obtained at the Miami Open. Starting again from these two prestigious results Carlos Alcaraz, who is preparing to begin his season on clay after missing the appointment in Monte-Carlo.

The Spanish tennis player wants to quickly find the best physical condition, trying to leave behind the physical problems he has had in recent months. In Barcelona he will find a draw full of pitfalls, with the moral duty to make the number one seed count.

The Spaniard focused on this aspect in the press conference, a few days before his path in Barcelona: "I'll try to take away the pressure of being the favorite and enjoy the court. I'll think about everything except defending the trophy.

Since last season I've improved a lot mentally, especially on the track. I seem to read the game better, which helps me switch things up when they're not going well. I always say tennis is very mental and that's where I see my jump." The native of Murcia will in fact have the 2022 title to defend and, above all, 500 heavy points in the ATP ranking.

On his current conditions, he clarified: "So far I have had two training sessions, one with Denis Shapovalov and one with Casper Ruud, and they have gone very well. I have to pick up the pace and play points. There are still a few days left before my debut in Barcelona abbut for the moment I'm fine.

I love playing Conde de Godò, I have good memories even as a child. I have fun with my family and friends,” he stressed. On the various absences on the draw: "There have been big absences like Nadal and Daniil Medvedev.

They were candidates to win the title, but I don't feel like a favorite anymore because I'm not there. All table tennis players can beat me. I always want to see the best players in all tournaments. It's a shame not being able to enjoy Rafa's tennis with all that he has achieved, I wish him a speedy recovery." On the rivalry with Jannik Sinner he added: "We are both very young and we have had the opportunity to fight for great things.

It is so funny to watch every time we compare. I hope I have the same rivalry with him that there was with the Big Three. We get along very well off the court as well."

Carlos Alcaraz