In the press conference on the eve of the US Open, the Spaniard talked about how is changed his life
Carlos Alcaraz won his first Slam title at the US Open 2023. The Spaniard became the youngest number one in tennis history by winning his first Major in Flushing Meadows.A day that he will never forget and that allowed him to grow both as a person and as a tennis player.
The title defense will start next Tuesday, when he faces Dominik Koepfer. Alcaraz will try to restart from the great showdown staged in Cincinnati.The Spanish champion came one step away from the finish, only Novak Djokovic prevented him from triumphing, but he managed to reach the final despite mixed performances.
A dispute that could make the difference at the US Open.
Alcaraz: “My life changed after winning the US Open”
In the press conference on the eve of the tournament, Alcaraz explained: “My life changed a lot after winning the US Open.
I became more famous! Many people started to know my name. My private life, however, it hasn’t changed at all. I’m still the same guy. Obviously I’m more mature on the pitch. I feel I’m a better player than a year ago. Novak Djokovic? We are talking about one of the greatest in our sport, there is no doubt about it.
Everything he can do on the pitch is incredible. He’s probably a rock mentally. He never gives up. Even in difficult times, when it seems like he might lose, he always gives himself the chance to continue and try to win. This is perhaps the most important quality about him; something I try to apply to my game.
It’s something I try to learn: it’s exactly what he did in the final played in Cincinnati.”Talking about defending the title, the Spaniard then concluded: “I try not to think about it. I’ll try to do the same thing I did last year: I won’t think about being the defending champion. I want to focus on myself showing the my best level.”