Carlos Alcaraz is not thinking about becoming world number one but rather focusing on trying to finish off the Indian Wells campaign with a trophy.
Getting that trophy will be very hard because he's facing Daniil Medvedev who has won 19 matches in a row. The Russian seems practically unbeatable right now and Alcaraz understands the extent of the challenge. His focus is solely on that and not on the rankings despite knowing that a victory returns him to number one:
“I know if I win [on Sunday] I’m gonna become the No 1. Well, I will try not to think about that — just to think about the things that I have to do, you know? I would say gonna be a really tactic match against Daniil. (It) is gonna be really tough. I have to make, let’s say, everything perfect. That’s all I’m gonna think (about). But, you know, it [would] be great to win tomorrow, of course.”
Speaking of Medvedev as a player Alcaraz described him as sa wall which is pretty accurate:
“He’s a wall. He returns every ball — impossible shots. I talked with my team that the returns are almost in the corner of the court and (he is) still winning the points. He’s an amazing runner; he’s an amazing player. I probably (have to) hit my best shots to hit winners against him.”
Medvedev won their only clash so far at the 2021 Wimbledon.