Jimmy Butler On Alcaraz: 'He's Not No. 1 For No Reason'

  • Posted: Mar 27, 2023

Jimmy Butler On Alcaraz: ‘He’s Not No. 1 For No Reason’

World No. 1 also meets Natti Natasha

Carlos Alcaraz enjoyed a memorable day on and off the court Sunday at the Miami Open presented by Itau. After defeating Dusan Lajovic 6-0, 7-6(5), the World No. 1 enjoyed two meetings with celebrities.

Straight off the court inside Hard Rock Stadium, the 19-year-old caught up with NBA superstar Jimmy Butler of the Miami Heat. Butler, who also watched Alcaraz play in Buenos Aires earlier this year, had plenty of praise for the Spaniard.

“He’s always poised. He’s never rattled and more than anything, it looks like he’s having so much fun out there,” Butler told ATPTour.com. “I think whenever you have fun and you have that mentality that you know you’re the best, you go out there and you play as though you’re the best, results happen and he’s not No. 1 for no reason.”

Later on, Alcaraz posed for photographs with Dominican singer Natti Natasha. The defending champion in his press conference explained how “great” it feels to see celebrities enjoy watching him perform.

Natti Natasha and <a href='https://www.atptour.com/en/players/carlos-alcaraz/a0e2/overview'>Carlos Alcaraz</a> meet at the <a href='https://www.atptour.com/en/tournaments/miami/403/overview'>Miami Open presented by Itau</a>.
Natti Natasha and Carlos Alcaraz. Photo: Andrew Eichenholz/ATP Tour
“I feel a little bit nervous when I see a person like Jimmy, celebrities, when I was playing, like in the US Open. For me it’s unbelievable,” Alcaraz said. “In certain ways I can’t believe that these people enjoy watching my matches for me. It’s crazy.”

Alcaraz will play Tommy Paul for a place in the Miami quarter-finals.

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