During the press conference in Paris Bercy, the Serbian champion Novak Djokovic revealed some of his remarks about Carlos Alcaraz:
“He has had a fantastic year. He deserves to be in that position for the results he has had. In the end, the results are the best parameter for the ranking. He has won a Grand Slam and has consistently played well. Although he is only 19, he plays with a lot of maturity and energy.
He also has a great coach, one who has been in his shoes, Juan Carlos Ferrero. It is a perfect combination. He knows exactly what you are going through, how to help you mentally resist the pressure of being number one and of all those who want to dethrone you. This is just the beginning of him, but he is hungry for success.
He now he will have to defend the points, something different. When you are chasing you you have less pressure, when they chase you and when everyone wants to be where you are things change mentally. We’ll see how he goes.”
Nole also pointed out an interesting aspect about being a father: “It changed a lot for me as a person, not so much as a professional. Thanks to my wife, I was able to continue playing tennis at this level. It is important to have someone who supports you in everything and has sacrificed a lot to make me compete. I had one of my best seasons right after becoming a father in 2014. I became a father at the end of the year and 2015 was one of my best years. It was an immense source of energy and motivation.”
“I’m happy with how I played. I was able to seize the opportunities when they presented themselves, even if I didn’t convert all the break points. It was a difficult first match against a player who serves extremely strong and fast, with both the first and the second.
I think he’s really the only player who goes to the net on every serve. I haven’t made too many unforced mistakes. It was all positive on my part,” Said Nole commented on his winning first match at the Paris-Bercy Master 1000.