Alcaraz: “I don’t think I lost number one, I have many years left”


The Spanish tennis player Carlos Alcaraz has assured, after his defeat in the semifinals of the ATP Masters 1,000 in Miami (United States) against the Italian Jannik Sinner (6-7(4), 6-4, 6-2), that he does not think about has lost “number one or the ‘Sunshine Double'”, but rather that he lost the semifinals.

“I don’t think about losing the number or losing the ‘Sunshine Double’, I just think about losing a semi-final. Of course it’s a shame, but I think I have many years left to try to get the ‘Sunshine Double’ Now all I can think about is improving my level to beat Jannik next time,” he said after the match.

After losing to Sinner, the Murcian will not be able to defend his title for the first time in his career or win the ‘Sunshine Double’, that is, win Indian Wells and Miami in the same season. In addition, his second defeat of the season will strip him of the world number one next week, which will go to the Serbian Novak Djokovic, and will drop to the second step of the ranking.

Despite everything, the 19-year-old from El Palmar went to the net after his defeat to say a few words to the transalpine player. “Go for it, I’ll be supporting you,” he said, referring to the final that Sinner will play this Sunday against the Russian Daniil Medvedev.

“After the game, I can’t talk to anyone. I’m complaining all the time. But after 20 or 25 minutes, I think about positive things about the game, the season, the tournament… So I do talk with my team, with my family… After that I start to have good things on my mind, I come here smiling,” he said.

Regarding the game, he considers that it was “very close”. “I had my chances to break in the second set and serve to win the match, but really against Sinner it’s always a tough battle. This time I think it was a great match from both of us,” he noted.

“I started cramping at the beginning of the third set, but that wasn’t the reason I lost the match. I started to feel better, but of course Jannik was better than me in the third set. That’s the truth.” continuous.