One of the sport’s speediest players admits he’s feeling foot pain, but believes he can still take significant steps in Paris. Alcaraz opens the Rolex Paris Masters against qualifier Roman Safiullin.
“I’m not gonna say that I’m 100% because it could be a lie,” Alcaraz said. “You know, at this time of the year, you know, after a long year, I think almost every player has a little bit of problems in their bodies, you know.
“I’m feeling in that way. I’m feeling a little bit of pain, you know, but I had a really good recovery these weeks. I’m coming here feeling well enough, you know, to do a good result here.”
Despite his cranky left foot and a well-rested Djokovic who beat him in practice, Alcaraz said “I don’t know if [Novak] has more chances or me.”
The 2022 US Open champion cited Vienna champion Jannik Sinner and finalist Daniil Medvedev as two top contenders in Paris.
“Jannik, for example, is playing unbelievable. Medvedev as well,” Alcaraz said. “There are a lot of great players that are playing in high level, you know, so I think that the draw is really, really open, and a lot of players can win this tournament.”
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