(CNN) Spanish tennis star Carlos Alcaraz has large ambitions — and a single of these is to be capable to emulate some of the game’s greats such as Novak Djokovic and Rafa Nadal by winning titles quickly immediately after coming back from injury.
The 19-year-old did not play a competitive match for much more than 3 months as he recovered from abdominal and hamstring injuries, but returned final month with victory at the Argentina Open in Buenos Aires.
His kind has continued to appear impressive and he’s now reached the semifinals of Indian Wells immediately after beating Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime on Thursday.
“I appear to the large players, [Novak] Djokovic or Rafa [Nadal], when they are coming from an injury and possibly they have a wonderful percentage to win the tournament immediately after an injury,” the globe No. two told reporters Thursday.
“I looked at them a small bit when I was injured, you know, instruction. They motivated me to play a very good game immediately after an injury in the very first tournaments.
“I was shocked when I won Buenos Aires, but suitable now, I am not shocked at it.”
Alcaraz final met Italy’s Jannik Sinner in final year’s US Open quarterfinals.
Alcaraz, who has not dropped a set so far this tournament, will face Italy’s Jannik Sinner on Saturday for a spot in the Indian Wells final — an opponent he final beat in the US Open quarterfinals on the way to his maiden grand slam title final year.
If he beats the Italian once again, Alcaraz will not only have a shot of winning Indian Wells but will also be a single win away from reclaiming the globe No.1 spot from Djokovic.
At the age of 19 years and 214 days, the Spaniard became the youngest year-finish globe No.1 final season prior to relinquishing the title to Djokovic immediately after the Serb won the Australian Open this year.
Alcaraz, even though, is not having carried away and is just focused on what promises to be a spectacular match against the talented Sinner.
“For the opponent it is definitely difficult to be focused mentally and physically throughout the entire match,” he stated.
“That is what I appreciate playing against him, that it pushes me to the limit.”