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‘I doubt Carlos Alcaraz can win…’, says former star

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World number 1 Carlos Alcaraz has already signed to compete in the ATP 500 event in Acapulco next year. Alcaraz, 19, will make his second appearance in Acapulco next year. In 2021, Alcaraz made his Acapulco debut. In his first appearance in Acapulco, Alcaraz didn’t get far, as he lost to Alexander Zverev in the first round.

Casper Ruud, the new second player in the world, and Stefanos Tsitsipas, sixth, have also been confirmed for Acapulco. Ruud, 23, reached the Acapulco quarterfinals last year and is set for his second appearance at the Mexican tournament.

On the other hand, Tsitsipas is preparing for his third consecutive appearance in Acapulco. Previously, Tsitsipas was runner-up in Acapulco last year, while this year he reached the semifinal. The Acapulco organizers are certainly delighted to have Alcaraz signed for the 2023 edition of the tournament.

At 19 years old, Alcaraz is already a Grand Slam champion and the youngest world number 1 in tennis history. “I can only say that I am very happy to become number 1 in the world, to continue growing. I am very very happy.

I never thought that he would achieve something like this at 19 years old. Everything has come so fast. For me it’s amazing. It’s something I’ve dreamed of since I was a child, since I started playing tennis. I will fight to have more of this”, Alcaraz said after winning the US Open and making history in tennis.

The Acapulco event will be held at the end of February. Without a doubt, Alcaraz will be among the main favorites for the Acapulco title next year.”

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Some observers already imagine Carlos Alcaraz catching up in the future with Roger Federer or even Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal in the number of Grand Slam titles.

It must be said that everything is going very quickly for the 19-year-old Spaniard, the youngest world number 1 in history. But for Marion Bartoli, the bar of 20 coronations will never be reached again. “I think there is absolutely no chance that anyone – not just Carlos Alcaraz – will ever reach the 20 Grand Slam title mark.

I think what the three guys have achieved over these years is out of the ordinary and I don’t think anyone can duplicate it. Carlos’ feat at the US Open was incredible, but I don’t think it’s realistic to set the bar for him at 20 Grand Slam titles or more,” insisted the Frenchwoman during the Match Points podcast.

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