Carlos Alcaraz news: Teenage sensation has ‘the mentality to become world No 1’, says Boris Becker

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Carlos Alcaraz has all the tools to become the world No 1, but tennis great Boris Becker says it will only happen if he continues the current rate of growth.

The 18-year-old Alcaraz has long been tipped to win big titles in tennis and he has started to deliver on his early promise as he reached the quarter-final of the US Open last year, beating Stefanos Tsitsipas en route to the last eight.

The 2022 campaign has gone even better as he won the Rio Open and followed it up by reaching the semi-final of the Indian Wells Open before winning the Miami Open.

His success in Florida saw him become the youngest player to win the Miami title while he is also the third youngest behind Michael Chang and Rafael Nadal to win an ATP Masters 1000 title.

Many believe he will go on to win Grand Slams and become world No 1 and seven-times major champion Becker is no different.

“If everything continues normally, then yes he can be world No 1,” the German told Eurosport’s ‘Das Gelbe Vom Ball’ podcast.

“He’s only 18, but you only have to look at the way he’s played over the last six months.

“He went to Miami and just kept winning. He has the mentality to not just be satisfied with reaching a semi-final, or be playing the best players in the world – he wants to go further and [we saw that] by winning his first Masters title against a top opponent.

“So he can become No 1, but anything can happen in sport.”

Alcaraz, though, did follow up his Miami Open title with a second-round defeat at the Monte Carlo Masters, but he will look to get back to winning at the Barcelona Open on Wednesday. The Spaniard is set to take on Kwon-soon woo in the round of 32.

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