Carlos Alcaraz, the fifth-ranked player in the world, acknowledges that a lot has changed for him in the past year and is pleased that his diligence is paying off. Alcaraz, 19, won his first ATP championship in Umag precisely one year ago. Alcaraz has has won five ATP championships after capturing four more crowns in 2018.
Alcaraz has two Masters victories to his name this year, and this past week he got his first-ever top-5 ranking. Alcaraz visited Umag this week; it was there that his life essentially began. “There have been many changes (in the last 12 months).
I had a lot of positive experiences in the past year, both personally and professionally, but I still want to grow and attain these objectives.” According to Alcaraz, the ATP website
Alcaraz is off to a solid start in his defense of the Umag title.
Alcaraz received a first-round bye in the competition as the top-seeded player in the Umag main draw.
Alcaraz defeated Norbert Gombos 6-2 6-3 to advance to the Umag round of 16. Alcaraz claimed Gombos wasn’t an easy opponent despite the fact that he lost a total of five games and won in straight sets. It was an extremely difficult contest, Alcaraz thought.
“It wasn’t as simple as the outcome suggests. I had to get adjusted to the conditions because Norbert played a pretty strong game, and the opening round of any tournament is never simple. Although it was difficult for me, I eventually managed to play better and secure the victory.
Alcaraz narrowly missed claiming his sixth championship of the year last week in Hamburg. In the Hamburg championship, Alcaraz unexpectedly lost to Lorenzo Musetti. Alcaraz now wants to win his first championship since the Madrid Masters by successfully defending his Umag crown. Alcarza will turn his attention to the North American hard court tour after Umag.