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Carlos Alcaraz is determined to become a tennis legend

Carlos Alcaraz is determined to become a tennis legend

Carlos Alcaraz wants to be one of the greatest male tennis players in history.

The Spaniard begins the defence of his Wimbledon title against Mark Lajal on Centre Court on Monday (01.07.24) and has set the ambitions target of matching the achievements of legendary trio Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic.

Alcaraz told CNN: "I want to be one of the best in history. I am dreaming that big.

"I want to sit [at] the same table as the ‘Big Three’ [Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer], legends of our sports."

Alcaraz has already won three Grand Slam titles at the tender age of 21 but prefers to "live in the present" rather than dwell on the success.

He said: "Honestly, I don’t think too much about it. I just kind of live in the moment, live in the present.

"If I look back, [of course] I’ve achieved great things so far, but it’s something that I don’t want to think about and I want to keep going."

Alcaraz knows expectations at Wimbledon will be high as he competes as defending champion but he is trying not to put additional pressure on himself.

The world number three said: "Obviously, it’s even more special coming [back] as a defending champion.

"I’m trying not to think about the pressure that I have to defend the points or [that I] want to go far.

"I just want to be better every day, trying to play my best in every match and give 100 per cent.

"I think that the difference [with] last year is I’m a little bit more mature and I know how to play on grass. I have more experiences about playing in this surface."

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