Rising tennis star Carlos Alcaraz has no plans of slowing down after his victory at Barcelona on Sunday and making it to the top 10 for the first time on Monday but said he was surprised by his quick rise through the rankings.
The 18-year-old captured the fourth title of his young career by beating eighth seed Pablo Carreno Busta 6-3, 6-2 in the Barcelona Open final.
“I did not think I would reach this stage at 18 years,” he told a news conference at a junior event.
“For me it’s a dream come true and I have been fighting for this since I was a child. I work every day, work hard to be here to have chance to get titles to beat the top players in the world but not at this age.”
He featured at ninth when the world rankings were released on Monday, entering the top 10 at the same age, on the same date and after a triumph in the same tournament as compatriot and 21-time major winner Rafael Nadal did in 2005.