‘More grand slams’: Carlos Alcaraz already has sights set on 2023 glory after US Open triumph
Carlos Alcaraz has already confirmed his intention to have even more successes in 2019 after his heroic US Open title win.
In an exclusive statement released on Tuesday, the 22-year-old said that he could “feel the momentum building up” for a further title at the end of the year.
Alcaraz – who plays an increasingly central role at the top of the ranking hierarchy this year – has already clinched a wildcard spot at the Australian Open, and will go one step further at the US Open, where his performance in the early stages this week could mean he makes his debut as a professional.
The Spaniard was asked on Tuesday about the possibility of a second grand slam in 2019, as well as whether he had set intentions to add further major titles to his CV.
“Of course, I’m sure that I will have more majors,” he said. “I’m sure I will reach the final in two or three grand slams.
“My goal for the rest of the year is to win another title in the main event of any other grand slam.
“If we finish in the mix, the main event in the Australian or the French Open or the US Open that would be my best result.”
Alcaraz’s win in the US Open semi-final in New York this week followed a second place showing in last month’s WTA Finals, where he made up ground on the top players with a win over Naomi Osaka.
The youngster is now one of Europe’s top 11 players, having reached a career-high ranking of World No 1 earlier this year.
He admitted he has not been making enough efforts to improve his ranking after finishing runner-up once, and only has the World No 2 ranking to rely on.
“Since my first US Open win, I’ve felt like I have made my own way,” Alcaraz said. “I’ve had the time to think about my level of play.