Teenager Carlos Alcaraz mentioned he’s unfazed by the strain of being perceived as a favorite after his meteoric rise to the highest of tennis, including that he’s not distracted by the lure of being world primary and easily attempting to get pleasure from each match.
The 19-year-old Spaniard ranked second on the planet, grew to become the youngest primary ever after his U.S. Open win in September. He can return to the summit with victory over Daniil Medvedev within the Indian Wells last on Sunday.
Alcaraz beat Jannik Sinner 7-6(4) 6-3 on Saturday to achieve his third last of 2023, having received the title in Buenos Aires and reached the ultimate in Rio de Janeiro in February after greater than three months out resulting from belly and hamstring accidents.
“It doesn’t change too much for me,” Alcaraz instructed reporters. “I don’t think about that I’m the favourite in every match. I don’t think about that I have to win every match.
“I just have goals in my mind, I have things that I have to do, and that’s all I think about. I try to enjoy every match. I’m not thinking about anything else.
“I know if I win tomorrow I’m going to be number one. I will try not to think about that. I have to make everything perfect. That’s all I’m going to think about tomorrow.”
Russian Medvedev, a former world primary, earned a 7-5 7-6(4) win over Frances Tiafoe to increase his successful run to 19 matches. He’s searching for his fourth title in as many tournaments after victories in Rotterdam, Doha and Dubai.
Medvedev mentioned his second-round win over Alcaraz at Wimbledon in 2021 – the one prior assembly between the 2 – was no gauge for his or her showdown on Sunday.
“He was definitely not the same player as he is right now,” Medvedev mentioned. So in a means it’s going to be like a primary match between us when it comes to how we’re going to go tactically or bodily or tennis-wise.
“He’s amazing, he has amazing skills which are tough to compare to anyone. It’s going to be great fun to play against him.”