Alcaraz surprised by rapid rise in ATP rankings and top 10 spot | Tennis News – Times of India

ATHENS: Rising tennis star Carlos Alcaraz has no plans of slowing down after his victory at Barcelona on the weekend and making the highest 10 for the primary time on Monday however stated he was shocked by his fast rise by means of the rankings.
The 18-year-old captured the fourth title of his younger profession by beating eighth seed Pablo Carreno Busta 6-3 6-2 within the Barcelona Open last on Sunday, hours after profitable a gruelling semi-final that was postponed as a result of rain.
“I didn’t suppose I might attain this stage at 18-years-old,” he instructed a information convention at a junior occasion. “It’s for the primary time for me within the prime ten. It means quite a bit.
“For me it is a dream come true and I’ve been preventing for this since I used to be a baby. I work each day, work onerous to be right here to have probability to get titles to beat the highest gamers on the earth however not at this age.”
He featured at ninth when the world rankings had been launched on Monday, getting into the highest 10 on the identical age, on the identical date and after a triumph in the identical event as compatriot and 21-times main winner Rafa Nadal did in 2005.
“It’s only a coincidence that it is the identical with Rafa. I simply concentrate on my recreation,” he added.
His singles tally stands at 4 titles following triumphs at Miami and Rio de Janeiro this 12 months and a victory at Umag final July, when he turned the youngest tour-level champion since Kei Nishikori claimed the title at Delray Seaside in 2008.
The Spaniard is now seen as one of many favourites for the French Open beginning subsequent month behind file winner Nadal.
“I’m taking part in properly, with a variety of confidence for myself. I’m going to have possibilities to get ends in Roland Garros, to be within the final rounds,” he stated on the IMG Future Stars Underneath-12 event.
“I reached my aim to be (within the) prime 10. I need to continue to grow as a participant, bettering each day, attempting to maintain claiming titles, attempting to climb up the rankings.”

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