Alcaraz amazed many with his incredible level last year but his level this year hasn't been any worse. In many cases, it's been better as he holds a 30-3 record on the season ahead of Roland Garros. He has a clear goal of winning the event as he sees himself capable of doing that thanks to a newfound maturity.
“Talking about tennis, I would say I’m the same player than last year, only change that I would say is that I’m more mature. Mentally I’m better. And I can read what happened on court better than last year. For me, it’s really, really important, and I would say it’s the most different than last year.”
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This will be the first grand slam of his 2023 campaign as he missed the Australian Open. It was tough for him:
“For me was really, really tough, because talking about Australia, it was a tournament that I really wanted to play. I thought that I had the opportunity to do a good result in Australia, and yeah, got injured and had, let’s say, yeah, four, five weeks to recover that injury. It was tough. But the same time, I’m a guy who looks the positive things about everything. It was a good time for me to prepare, you know, the rest of the season, you know, and being more prepared about everything what was coming in that time."
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Top seed in Paris
Thanks to an early exit from Novak Djokovic in Paris, Alcaraz will be the top seed in Paris. It's something he's yet to fully grasp:
“It’s still crazy to see myself top seed in a Grand Slam. But for me, at same time is great. Is something that I work for to be there. Yeah, I’m really happy to be No. 1 seed here in Roland Garros.”