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Alcaraz Ambitious Aim: Better Than a Goat

Written by Richard Pagliaro | @Itenisi_Manje | Tuesday, May 21, 2024

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Wimbledon winner Alcaraz reiterated her ambitious goal: to one day break through Novak Djokovic in GOAT form.

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Speaking to the BBC Russell Fuller of The Real Carlos Alcaraz on BBC Radio 5 Live podcast Alcaraz said that his main goal is to one day surpass the record of Grand Slam king Djokovic who is 24 years old.

“Yes of course. I am an ambitious man” Alcaraz told the BBC's Russell Fuller. “I know it's almost impossible to break Novak's records but I play tennis for myself, for fun and I want to do good things.

“I want to be a part of tennis history.”

It's a vision the 21-year-old Spaniard has had since winning his first title.

The powerful Alcaraz defeated Casper Ruud 6-4, 2-6, 7-6(1), 6-3 in the final of the 2022 US Open to claim his first Grand Slam title and complete a remarkable rise as the youngest player in history. ATP will rise to No. 1 in the world.

That victory came 19 years after Alcaraz's coach, Juan Carlos Ferrero, fell to Andy Roddick in the US Open final—and rose to world No. 1 the next day.

Coach Ferrero said after the 2022 US Open finals, he believes that Alcaraz and Jannik Sinner will not end up building a rivalry to strengthen the sport in the coming years that they will combine to last a decade.

“One day I said to one of the media sources that maybe Sinner and Carlos can manage this journey maybe for the next 10 years, from what I saw, the level I saw the other day,” Ferrero told the media after Alcaraz became the champion. “Of course, there are other players like Zverev, Thiem, Casper, Tsitsipas, they will have chances to win Grand Slams for sure. But with all due respect, that's what I think.”

Speaking to the BBC's Russell Fuller, Ferrero said the hard court is Alcaraz's best place now and believes the two-time Madrid champion, who grew up on dirt, will win Roland Garros at least once.

“I think his best position right now is the hard court,” Ferrero told the BBC. “He has improved in these courts but we cannot avoid him [that] the clay yard is where he was born.

“I think he will win Roland Garros at least once: he has a game to play.”

Photo credit: Mike Newell/CameraSport

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