Carlos Alcaraz wants to stay at the top long-term after becoming the men’s world number one

19-year-old Carlos Alcaraz, who has become the youngest player to be ranked No. 1 in the men’s world rankings, is already looking to make his tenure as world No. 1 a long one.

The Spaniard climbed to the top of the ATP rankings this month when he won his first Grand Slam title at the US Open in Flushing Meadows.

“One of my goals is to finish (the year) as number one,” Alcaraz told the ATP website.

“Now that I’m there, my goal is to be there for as many days, weeks and months as possible. We’re going to work on that.”

Alcaraz and Spain’s Rafa Nadal, who won the Australian and French Open titles in 2022, are the only players to have qualified for the ATP Finals in Turin.

The season-ending tournament on the men’s tour features the top eight singles players and doubles teams, and Alcaraz has his sights set on it.

“I have several tournaments before the ATP Finals and we will give it our all,” Alcaraz said. “I have several important tournaments and one goal is to try to win the ATP Finals.

“You have to do what you’ve done, be comfortable with it, enjoy yourself, be happy on the court, play tennis – and that’s what I’m going to do. That’s the secret for me. Try to forget everything else and enjoy the game of tennis.

21-time Grand Slam winner Novak Djokovic praised Alcaraz, calling the Spaniard a “great addition” to tennis.

“I congratulate Alcaraz on winning the US Open,” said Djokovic, who missed the US Open because he was not vaccinated against COVID-19.

“He did it in an incredible way… He’s 19 years old and already ranked number one in the world. I mean, it’s pretty amazing what he’s accomplished so far.

“He’s a great addition to our sport, a great star. Well, he’s already got a Grand Slam champion, so we can’t talk about him as the future because he’s already the present.

Reuters