Carlos Alcaraz to skip Rome to prepare for Roland Garros challenge

Carlos Alcaraz has decided to skip the Rome Masters after revealing he found it ‘difficult to walk’ during his success in Madrid.

The 19-year-old won the title, beating both Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic before obliterating Alexander Zverev in the final.

Afterwards, though, he said he was struggling with injury since a fall against Nadal in the quarterfinal, and he wants to make sure he is fresh to chase a maiden Grand Slam title in two weeks.

“Due to the fall that I had, the ankle, I had a problem and this morning it was a little more swollen,” Alcaraz said.

“Also I had a blister in my feet which was a little bit infected and it’s been a little bit tough start to the day,” Alcaraz told reporters.

“It was difficult for me to walk but after a while with my team, with the physio, with the doctor, we have managed to fix it to do something to be able to be 100% today.

“I thought about it (playing in Rome). I think that given the state of my feet and my ankle, I’m really excited for fighting for a Grand Slam.

“I think that it’s better to rest, to recover my ankle, recover my feet, to be in Paris at 100%.”

Alexander Zverev said he believed Carlos Alcaraz to be the best player in the world right now after their clash in the final.

Carlos Alcaraz celebrates Madrid Masters win

However, Alcaraz himself believes such comments are very much premature.

“Djokovic is number one in the ranking,” he said. “Because I have won Barcelona and I have beaten Djokovic and Rafa in Madrid, I don’t consider myself the best player in the world.

“I also think that tomorrow I’m going to be sixth [in the world rankings] so I still have five players in front of me to be the best one.”

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