Carlos Alcaraz offered a truly amazing performance in this first part of the season. The very young Spaniard won the Masters 1000 in Miami and Madrid in 2022, as well as winning the ATP 500 in Rio and Barcelona. He still lacks the flicker in a Grand Slam, but it is clear to everyone that we are facing a predestined one. According to many experts, Juan Carlos Ferrero’s protégé will be the new ruler of the men’s circuit. We recall that ‘Carlitos’ has already given up the whim of beating both Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic (in Madrid), proving that he does not fear confrontation with anyone. By beating Norbert Gombos on Thursday in Umag, the new world number 5 scored his 40th win of the season. The 19-year-old from Murcia wants to defend the title in Croatia, also to redeem the defeat he suffered in the final in Hamburg last week. After this brief ‘campaign’ on red, Alcaraz will return home and begin preparing for the American Masters 1000. On the microphones of ‘Tennis TV’, Tracy Austin spent fine words for the Iberian.
Tracy Austin on Carlos Alcaraz
In an interaction on Tennis TV, Tracy Austin said that Carlos Alcaraz has entered the tournament with the mentality of winning the next match and not looking too far ahead. “I think a guy like this, he’s probably not thinking about (defending a title). He’s top five now. It’s not going to really matter (defending a title). This is a guy who has a mindset: ‘Give me the balls. I will win the match today. Who do I play next?’ That’s the kind of mindset of a champion, not like I have to defend something. That’s not the way you get the job done second time around,” Austin said. Alcaraz had a brilliant run in the European Open. Although he lost against Lorenzo Musetti in the finals, he has benefitted from the ranking points. The 19-year-old is now holding the rank of world number 5. Speaking about the achievement, world number 5 revealed a much bigger goal that he has for his future. “It means a lot. The hard work that I put in every day for reaching my dreams, [No.] 1, and little by little I’m reaching my dream, Top five for me is pretty amazing and I will keep going to be [No.] 1.” He said. Hailing from the same nation, many term him the successor of legendary Rafael Nadal. In his young career, Alcaraz has already won five ATP titles.