‘More grand slams’: Carlos Alcaraz already has sights set on 2023 glory after US Open triumph
Carlos Alcaraz’s US Open win has him already looking to 2023 to repeat that sort of form. Photo: AFP / Getty Images
Carlos Alcaraz finally has it where he really wants it with a US Open triumph.
After two weeks without a victory against Dominic Thiem, the former world number 12 claimed an impressive 6-1 6-1 6-2 victory against the Austrian on Sunday.
The 30-year-old said his career was “heading to the right direction” after Thiem took a set off him.
The American has now recorded a total of six victories this year, beating four other players – including Tomas Berdych – in grand slam matches.
And he’s also had more victories in a calendar year than any other player, with 22 in 2015. He also has seven wins this season in other tournaments, including the ATP Open.
“It was just a matter of time,” Alcaraz said after the win. “I think I’ve showed for the last three matches here that I am fully mature now.
“It’s time to move on. I’ve given my chance for the next season, I’ve played a total of five tournaments, so I’m trying to go into the next season with some freshness and some confidence.
“I was a bit nervous at the beginning. I didn’t have much practice because I was playing [Thiem] for the last three days. So I said I would go straight to the court at 7.30 am, and I started this morning at 7.30. I think I had a good performance.
“Yesterday I was a little bit nervous about my game because I thought I didn’t play well. Today was a completely different story, and I’m now feeling more confident now. I’m excited to keep on playing and to see what the next year has got in store for