‘More grand slams’: Carlos Alcaraz already has sights set on 2023 glory after US Open triumph
Carlos Alcaraz has already set his sights on the 2020 grand slam after dominating the US Open at Indian Wells without breaking a sweat.
The left-hander won his singles second round match at the end of the third day last week, as he had not lost a match on clay since losing the final of the US Open at Wimbledon last year.
After that triumph, Alcaraz was given a wild card into this year’s tournament and took full advantage, taking six out of six matches on the clay in his opening round and never dropping a set.
Now, he will be looking to win the title more frequently in the future having reached that milestone without a loss on clay.
“I feel like I can do it at the end of the year. I have to push myself to the level of the top five at least,” he said when he was asked about the 2020 grand slam.
“I feel comfortable just because I know I was able to win at Indian Wells just without losing a set, I knew it was going to be difficult.
“I’m excited because I want to be at the next level when I play in a big tour. I want to beat the big players of the world and be at that level.”
But his confidence was not helped before the tournament for a possible first-round exit in the first ever Indian Wells final, which he was not expecting.
After reaching the final at Wimbledon last year, he admitted he felt a bit of under-confidence for that match.
“When you know you are going to be in that final, you have the confidence that you can win it,” he said.
“In my mind it was a good match and everything felt good. It was hard to get over the first set because he hit so many winners.
“I didn’t think that I was going to get to the final. I thought that it was a good match, it was a good day to play.
“I did not want to be in the final, but I had to accept it.”
And the former world number three, who is on course to be the next Andre Agassi, said he is ready to take on the world’s