Carlos Alcaraz has been speaking to press ahead of his appearance at the Argentina Open this week, his first competitive appearance in four months, saying that his goal is to reclaim the World No. 1 spot from Novak Djokovic.
Alcaraz sat at the top of the rankings following his maiden Grand Slam triumph in New York at the start of last September, with the world seemingly at his feet. However, the teenage phenomenon found the end of his season curtailed by a slight drop in form, before injury ended his season early.
The young Spaniard missed the chance to compete at this first ever ATP Finals event as a result. In the meantime, Djokovic took the title in Turin, using that momentum to propel himself to an unbeaten start to 2023, taking the Australian Open title, and with that win regaining the World No. 1 spot once again.
Alcaraz is eager to get back onto court, hungry to reclaim the spot of the top of the men's rankings. However, he has spoken openly about how difficult this will be, given the calibre of opponent he faces in the Serb.
It has been a long time [I spent] at No. 1. Now it’s a goal for me to recover No. 1 and try to do my best in these tournaments to be back on that number. I’m looking for that.
He has no weaknesses. Every shot, it’s amazing. His physical condition is amazing, his mental condition is amazing. He’s like a god and I admire him over the years staying at the same level, staying at the top. It’s really, really difficult and I admire that... I’m so excited to play again, to be in the competition again. I’m looking forward to doing it.