Carlos Alcaraz has commented on Novak Djokovic reaching 400 weeks as World No. 1 after shedding to the Serb within the semifinals of the 2023 ATP Finals.
Djokovic secured a record-extending eighth year-end No. 1 rating after beating Holger Rune in his first group-stage match on the year-end event a week in the past.
With that, the Serb reached one other milestone of 400 weeks as World No. 1, which he’ll formally obtain on November 20 after the event in Turin, Italy, concludes. He additionally dashed Carlos Alcaraz’s hopes of ending the season atop the ATP rankings.
Alcaraz, who was defeated by Novak Djokovic within the semifinals of the ATP Finals on November 18 with a rating of 6-3, 6-2, has now taken a while to react to his rival’s 400-week reign.
The Spaniard advised the media that he aspired to replicate the 24-time Grand Slam champion’s achievements. He acknowledged that this was why he was much more decided, regardless of his blended emotions.
“I’m motivation as a result of I want to beat this man. I want to be the most effective in historical past. I want to follow with a aim. I want to beat him. I want to win each event that I’m going to play,” Carlos Alcaraz stated.
“But on the similar time I is not going to think about it as a result of it is actually, actually tough. It’s one thing that a legend from our sport may make it. It’s unbelievable what he is doing, simply breaking data, successful each event that he goes. It’s loopy. It’s a mix of motivation and a mix of I don’t want to think about it (smiling),” he added.
Carlos Alcaraz: “Once once more, Novak Djokovic has proven why is the most effective participant on this planet”
Carlos Alcaraz additionally dissected the explanation why he couldn’t beat Novak Djokovic of their semifinal match on the 2023 ATP Finals.
The two-time Grand Slam winner acknowledged Djokovic stored the identical degree of play all through the match, stopping him from taking benefit. He added the Serb has as soon as once more proven why he was the ‘finest participant on this planet.’
“Well, he is actually, actually powerful. He performs the identical degree throughout the entire match. The shot high quality he has is unbelievable. He performs actually, actually deep. It’s actually tough to take benefit from that. Once once more, he has proven why he is the most effective participant on this planet,” Alcaraz stated.
Djokovic now has a 3-2 edge in his head-to-head document in opposition to Alcaraz. The 36-year-old will now lock horns with residence favourite Jannik Sinner within the summit conflict on November 19 to win his record-extending seventh title on the year-end championship.