World No. 33 Carlos Alcaraz revealed his goal for 2022 is to finish inside the top-15 and make his debut at the ATP Finals.
Alcaraz, 18, captured his maiden ATP title last year and achieved a career-high ranking of No. 32.
Also, Alcaraz stunned world No. 4 Stefanos Tsitsipas at the US Open and won the Next Gen ATP Finals.
“I am really looking forward to starting 2022 here. For this year, finishing inside the top-15 is a good goal. Fighting for an ATP Finals spot is a super difficult goal, although not impossible,” Alcaraz said, per Punto de Break.
Alcaraz is being compared to Nadal
Alcaraz was absolutely impressive last year and many were quick to call him the new Nadal.
“We always say that Carlos is Carlos, he has his own path, his job and his level. Of course Rafa is one of his idols and he has learned a lot by watching him play. He is very competitive, he has that mentality and knows how to behave on the court, it is that kind of thing like body language that reminds me the most of Rafa, but not so much his game. Being so passionate is great, it will help him a lot in his career,” Alcaraz’s coach Juan Carlos Ferrero told Greek website Gazzetta last month.
Also, Ferrero said being compared to Nadal speaks for itself.
“I’d say you have to be very clear about it. We talk about it, not much, but sometimes we’ve talked about it. And we’re very sure of the road he wants to follow. So they compare him with Rafa? Great, that means that people think he has a lot of potential. But he has to be very clear, and other people do too, that he has to stay on his own path. I won’t say that Rafa’s career is unrepeatable, but almost. Carlos has to have his own career and keep looking forward,” Ferrero recently explained to the ATP Tour website.