King’s championship winner Carlos Alcaraz makes a statement on the grass.

An increasingly assured Carlos Alcaraz says he views himself as one of the favourites to win Wimbledon next month after winning his first grass-court match on Sunday and regaining the top position.

Alcaraz defeated Alex De Minaur in the Queen’s Club Championships final 6-4, 6-4 after having some difficulty in the opening set. After two lacklustre showings at Wimbledon, it was Alcaraz’s third competition on grass in his young career. However, things could be different at Wimbledon this year.

After winning, the 20-year-old Spaniard passed Novak Djokovic in the rankings, establishing the U.S. Open champion as a legitimate threat to the Serbian’s Wimbledon title. In the fourth round of the previous season, Jannik Sinner defeated Alcaraz.

Alcaraz declared: I’ll be honest; I feel fantastic going into Wimbledon. To end the week, I performed well on the pitch. I currently consider myself to be among the favourites to win Wimbledon. I must gain greater expertise on grass. However, it goes without saying that I now view myself as one of the favourites or one of the players to be able to win Wimbledon after defeating wonderful people, great players, and my own level of play.

Alcaraz needed a third-set tiebreaker to defeat French journeyman Arthur Rinderknech in his opening game at Queen’s, but throughout the course of the week, he gained more self-assurance on the court. Alcaraz is aware that in order to dethrone Djokovic, he will need to continue to advance.

Alcaraz cited a figure that indicated Novak has more Wimbledon victories than the other 20 players combined. Novak is the clear favourite to win Wimbledon, after all. That much is clear. But I’ll make an effort to compete at this level so I can have a chance to defeat him or reach the Wimbledon final.

Alcaraz, who was competing in his first grass-court final, had to hold off De Minaur in the eighth game of the opening set on two occasions before breaking in the following game and serving out the set. Alcaraz saved De Minaur’s only break point in the second set when the Australian double-failed, and he won the match when the Australian fired a long return on his first match point.

The fact that my name is on the trophy, according to Alcaraz, “means a lot.” “It was unique to play in this arena where so many legends had triumphed. It’s incredible to see my name with such famous winners.

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