Carlos Alcaraz, the 18-year-old Spanish tennis sensation, has played down concerns about a leg injury ahead of his Rio Open final against Cameron Norrie.
Alcaraz, who is the youngest player to reach an ATP Tour final since Rafael Nadal in 2004, has been dealing with a leg injury since his semi-final win over Thiago Monteiro on Saturday.
However, the Spaniard has insisted that the injury is not serious and that he is feeling good ahead of the final.
“I’m feeling good,” Alcaraz said. “I had a little bit of pain in my leg but it’s nothing serious. I’m feeling good and I’m ready to play the final.”
Alcaraz has been in impressive form throughout the tournament, having beaten the likes of Monteiro, Pablo Carreno Busta and Federico Delbonis on his way to the final.
The Spaniard is now just one win away from claiming his first ATP Tour title and he is confident that he can get the job done against Norrie.
“I’m feeling confident,” Alcaraz said. “I’m playing well and I’m feeling good. I’m ready to give my best and hopefully I can win the title.”
Alcaraz’s impressive run in Rio has seen him rise to a career-high ranking of No. 64 in the world and he is now just one win away from becoming the youngest player to win an ATP Tour title since Nadal in 2004.
The final between Alcaraz and Norrie is set to take place on Sunday and it promises to be an exciting match.