Carlos Alcaraz's Path to Victory: 'I Need Titles to Challenge Novak Djokovic

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Carlos Alcaraz’s Path to Victory: ‘I Need Titles to Challenge Novak Djokovic

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World no. 2 Carlos Alcaraz had a chance to surpass Novak Djokovic in the ATP Race during the Chinese swing but left Beijing and Shanghai with only 270 ATP points, missing an opportunity to boost his year-end no.

1 chances. Undeterred, Alcaraz is determined to challenge Djokovic in the season’s closing weeks, starting in Basel next week, where he will compete in the ATP 500 event for the second time. In last year’s semi-final, he faced defeat against Felix Auger-Aliassime.

In Basel, Alcaraz is set to battle for the title against Holger Rune, Taylor Fritz, and Hubert Hurkacz, with the hopes of delivering his best performance and securing his seventh ATP trophy of the season. If he accomplishes this, he will be neck and neck with Djokovic in the ATP Race, with Paris and Turin yet to determine the year-end no.

1 player. However, Alcaraz faced setbacks in Beijing, falling to Jannik Sinner in the semi-final, and experiencing an early loss at the Shanghai Masters to Grigor Dimitrov. In a closely contested match, Dimitrov defeated the Spaniard 5-7, 6-2, 6-4 in two hours and ten minutes.

While Alcaraz performed well in the opening set’s final stages, claiming it, he lost ground in sets two and three. Dimitrov served strongly and capitalized on the pressure, earning four breaks out of five opportunities. Alcaraz, on the other hand, was more solid in the opener, managing to break Dimitrov twice from five chances and losing serve just once.

The turning point came at 2-2 in the second set when Grigor secured a break with a forehand down the line return winner. Alcaraz did manage to break back in the final moments of game ten, forcing an error from his opponent. He later secured another break in game 12, ultimately winning the opener 7-5 after 51 minutes of play.

In the second set, Dimitrov served at an impressive 83% and didn’t face a single break point, maintaining constant pressure. Alcaraz, on the other hand, struggled, losing his serve twice and surrendering momentum.

Dimitrov swiftly broke Alcaraz in the first game of the third set, taking an early lead and maintaining it with a 5-2 advantage. He held serve comfortably, leveling the overall score and leading to a decider.

With the momentum on his side, Dimitrov nearly conceded no points in his service games during the final set, challenging Alcaraz to match his pace. In the third game, Alcaraz played a loose serve and volley, losing serve and sealing his fate. Dimitrov served for the win at 5-4, held at 30, and secured a significant victory, advancing to the quarter-final.

Following these losses, Alcaraz acknowledged the challenge in the year-end no. 1 battle and the importance of learning from these experiences. With a few tournaments remaining, he expressed his determination to practice rigorously ahead of Basel and Paris, believing he can once again display his exceptional tennis skills. “The year-end no.

1 battle becomes more challenging with an early Shanghai loss. A few tournaments are left, and I must try to win them to stand a chance against Novak after missing my opportunities in China. These losses will help me improve my game, as I have to learn from them.

I will have to practice hard ahead of Basel and Paris, and I think I can play great tennis again,” Carlos Alcaraz said.

Reference

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