(CNN) Spanish tennis star Carlos Alcaraz has huge ambitions — and a type of is to have the ability to emulate a number of the recreation’s greats similar to Novak Djokovic and Rafa Nadal by successful titles instantly after getting back from harm.
The 19-year-old did not play a aggressive match for greater than three months as he recovered from stomach and hamstring accidents, however returned final month with victory on the Argentina Open in Buenos Aires.
His kind has continued to look spectacular and he is now reached the semifinals of Indian Wells after beating Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime on Thursday.
“I look to the massive gamers, [Novak] Djokovic or Rafa [Nadal], when they’re coming from an harm and doubtless they’ve an awesome share to win the event after an harm,” the world No. 2 advised reporters Thursday.
“I checked out them just a little bit after I was injured, you realize, coaching. They motivated me to play recreation after an harm within the first tournaments.
“I used to be shocked after I gained Buenos Aires, however proper now, I am not shocked at it.”
Alcaraz final met Italy’s Jannik Sinner in final 12 months’s US Open quarterfinals.
Alcaraz, who has not dropped a set to this point this event, will face Italy’s Jannik Sinner on Saturday for a spot within the Indian Wells remaining — an opponent he final beat within the US Open quarterfinals on the best way to his maiden grand slam title final 12 months.
If he beats the Italian once more, Alcaraz is not going to solely have a shot of successful Indian Wells however may also be one win away from reclaiming the world No.1 spot from Djokovic.
On the age of 19 years and 214 days, the Spaniard turned the youngest year-end world No.1 final season earlier than relinquishing the title to Djokovic after the Serb gained the Australian Open this 12 months.
Alcaraz, although, is just not getting carried away and is simply centered on what guarantees to be a spectacular match in opposition to the proficient Sinner.
“For the opponent it’s actually powerful to be centered mentally and bodily throughout the entire match,” he mentioned.
“That is what I like taking part in in opposition to him, that it pushes me to the restrict.”