Alcaraz plots lengthy reign as men's No.1

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Having become the youngest player to top the men's world rankings, 19-year-old Carlos Alcaraz is already plotting to make sure his stint as world No.1 is a long one.

The Spaniard climbed to the top of the ATP rankings this month when he claimed his maiden grand slam title at the US Open at Flushing Meadows.

"One of my goals is to finish (the year) as No.1," Alcaraz was quoted as saying by the ATP website.

"Now that I've got there, my goal is to stay as many days, weeks and months as possible. We're going to work for that."

Alcaraz and fellow Spaniard Rafa Nadal, who won the Australian and French Open titles in 2022, are the only players to have sealed their spots for the ATP Finals in Turin.

The season-ending tournament on the men's tour is played between the top eight singles players, and Alcaraz has his eyes firmly on the prize.

"I have several tournaments before the ATP Finals and we're going to give it our all," Alcaraz said.

"I have several important tournaments and one goal is to try and win the ATP Finals.

"You have to do what you have been doing, feel comfortable with what you do, enjoy yourself, be happy on court, play tennis - and that is what I'm going to do.

"That's the secret for me. To try and forget everything else and enjoy playing tennis."

Novak Djokovic, a 21-time grand slam winner, lavished praise on Alcaraz, calling the Spaniard a "great addition" to tennis.

"I congratulate Alcaraz for winning the US Open," Djokovic, who missed the tournament because of his COVID-19 vaccination status, said on the sidelines of the Laver Cup in London.

"He did it in an incredible fashion ... He's 19 years old and already No.1 in the world. It's quite amazing what he has achieved so far.

"He's a great addition to our sport, a great star in making.

"Well, he's already realised the grand slam champion, so we can't speak about him as future, because he's already a present."