Carlos Alcaraz lost the first position in the ATP ranking after Novak Djokovic’s victory at the Australian Open, but the Spanish champion spent beautiful words for his Serbian colleague. From home, Alcaraz saw the final at Melbourne Park and the triumph of Novak Djokovic, who was praised by the last US Open champion.
Alcaraz explained during an interview with the ATP: “He has no weaknesses. Every shot is incredible. His physical condition is amazing, his mental condition is amazing. He is like a God and I admire him for how over the years we have always remained at the same level, remaining at the top.
It’s really, really hard and I admire that.” A first position that the Spanish tennis player however wants to recover as soon as possible: “I spent a lot of time as number one in the world. Now it’s a goal for me to recover number 1 and try to do my best in these tournaments to get back to that position It’s my goal.”
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Back on the tour, in Buenos Aires, Carlos Alcaraz also explained to the local media the difficulty of watching the final played on the Rod Laver Arena helplessly: “It was hard to lose Australia. It was hard to watch it on TV and see Djokovic take away my number one spot.
It was clear to me that first place would sooner or later be taken away from me, I knew it would be difficult to always keep it. Now the goal is to recover it as soon as possible. I watched the final. Novak’s level was very, very high and it was very difficult to beat him.” Final of the Australian Open with a double haul: trophy and first place in the ranking.
This was played by the two finalists of the Slam tournament, Djokovic and Stefano Tsitsipas, with the Belgrade tennis player triumphing over the Greek in three sets. Victory that brought him back to the top of the ranking and pushes him towards Steffi Graf’s absolute record.
The first position was taken away from Alcaraz, absent from the Australian Open due to an injury suffered shortly before the start of the Australian away match.