Carlos Alcaraz has made an astonishing recovery from an injury in recent weeks, reaching the semifinals at the 2023 Indian Wells.
Alcaraz, who had to withdraw from the 2023 Australian Open due to injury, faced a further setback in Rio de Janeiro. Despite these challenges, the young prodigy managed to bounce back and now appears to be in top physical shape.
In the quarterfinals of the 2023 Indian Wells, the 19-year-old beat Felix Auger-Aliassime for the first time in his career and matched his last year's semifinal appearance in Indian Wells.
“I feel great. It’s an amazing feeling to come back this year and make the semifinal again. Beating such a great player as Felix for the first time, I’m really happy with my level and the way that I’m playing.”
When asked about his astonishingly quick recovery, Alcaraz revealed that studying the approach of Djokovic and Nadal during their respective injury comebacks greatly influenced his own mindset.
“I am not surprised so much because I am a player who learns really fast. I look to the big players, Djokovic or Rafa. When they are coming from an injury and probably have a great percentage to win the tournament after an injury."
“So I looked at them a little bit when I was injured and training. They motivate me to play agood game after an injury in my first tournaments. I was surprised when I won Buenos Aires, but right now, I’m not surprised about it.”
In the semifinals, the Spaniard can expect another difficult battle. Jannik Sinner, who already beat him twice, defeated the defending champion Taylor Fritz and so he'll meet Alcaraz for the final spot. Previewing the match, the world no. 2 said:
"I'm really happy to play against him again. Great battles. I enjoy the matches against him. I would say it's going to be a really good match, for the fans as well, to watch that match. And for myself as well. I will try to show my best, to show my 100 per cent. Jannik is playing great. I'm going to enjoy that match."