World No.1 Carlos Alcaraz recently talked about her female counterpart, Iga Swiatek’s 2022 season. Swiatek had one of the best seasons on the WTA Tour in recent times where she won 67 matches and won 8 titles. Out of those 67 wins, 48 of the victories were in straight sets.
Swiatek won the French Open and the US Open this year and ended the year as the World No.1 with 11085 points, a ranking points total that is second only to Serena Williams’ 13,260 in 2013.
Alcaraz talked about this and lauded Swiatek for having an amazing year where she broke the longest winning streak record. He wished to be like her but also said that losing the World No.1 ranking is impossible. He said that he wants to stay at the top as much as he can.
“I see her year has been incredible, she broke a record I think for the longest winning streak [this century]. It’s amazing,” Alcaraz said of Swiatek. “I wish to be like her, to not lose the No. 1. But I think it’s almost impossible. I’m going to lose it but the point is to recover it and stay there at No. 1 as much as I can.”
Carlos Alcaraz reflects on his ‘incredible’ season
Alcaraz himself had a thumping season where he achieved many firsts. He started the season by winning his maiden ATP 500 title in Rio and then won his first Masters title in Miami. He then won his maiden major title at the US Open and became the youngest year-end World No.1.
“It sounds like a dream for me. Honestly, there are so many times I think about this year, about my position right now, and I still can’t believe it. I’m thinking, ‘Is this real? I’m No.1 in the world?’ I’m dreaming. It’s something I have to realize someday. I had so many tournaments and had no time to realize 100 percent the US Open. Of course, it was a great feeling for me,” he said.