Top-seeded Carlos Alcaraz will have a first-round bye in Buenos Aires before officially kicking off his 2023 season. In his Buenos Aires debut, Alcaraz will face the winner of the match between 2019 Monte Carlo Masters champion Fabio Fognini , and two-time ATP champion Laslo Djere.
In the quarterfinals, Alcaraz could very possibly meet Sebastián Báez, who reached the final in Córdoba this past week. If Alcaraz beats his first two opponents, he would likely face No.4 seed Diego Schwartzman or fifth seed Francisco Cerúndolo in the quarterfinals.
If Alcaraz makes it to the final, he could face Cameron Norrie or Lorenzo Musetti. In his pre-tournament press conference, Alcaraz stressed that winning is always on his mind. However, Alcaraz admitted that it may take him some time to start playing his best tennis.
“It will be my first tournament since I got injured in Paris. Four months have passed since then. But I always arrive thinking about winning and wanting to win, although it won’t be easy after so long without competing,” Alcaraz said, according to the ATP website.
The 2022 season was better than Alcaraz could have imagined. Last year, Alcaraz was proclaimed champion of a Grand Slam and reached number 1 in the world for the first time in his career. “It was a very good year. I achieved my dream, my goal, very quickly.
Almost in just one year. I dealt with it as naturally as possible. After becoming No. 1 I had to set myself new goals, new long-term things, keep enjoying, keep improving, because I’m very young and I have a lot of things to improve, despite being No.
Alcaraz wants to shine
Questioned by the Argentine daily La Nacion, Carlos Alcaraz has not changed his elements of language. As he affirms with force, he is not afraid of anyone and this is somewhere what constitutes his main mental quality.
“I have no fear no matter who my opponent is. It was essential to achieve what I have already achieved. I always took it for granted to play against the best. This ambition made me who I am today and I know that in any situation I can count on my courage to achieve exploits.
After a long period of absence, Carlos has not played again since Bercy, the Spaniard is making his big comeback in 2023 in Buenos Aires, an ATP250, where he is seeded 1. He will face Serbian Djere who dominated Fognini.