Carlos Alcaraz grew up seeing Rafael Nadal enter a bit of extra into the legend on daily basis. At 19, it’s his flip to comply with in the footsteps of his childhood idol, since he grew to become the youngest member of the top 5 in the world since Mallorca on Monday.
There aren’t any superlatives to explain the development of Carlos Alcaraz since his debut on the ATP circuit. Committed to the Hamburg match final week, Carlos Alcaraz had the chance to hitch the world top 5 on the finish of the match. Hooked in the primary spherical by Nicola Kuhn, he ended up getting out in three units (3-6, 6-1, 7-6 (3)). He then proceeded to the ultimate in opposition to the gifted Italian Lorenzo Musetti.
Finally overwhelmed by the Italian (6-4 / 6-7 (6) / 6-4), the Spanish nugget totaled sufficient factors on Monday to enter the top 5 of the ATP rating at 19 years, 2 months and 20 days . He is the youngest player to attain this feat since a sure Rafael Nadal in… 2005 (18 years and 11 months), 17 years in the past.
With a powerful maturity Carlos Alcaraz enjoys chasing data, or approaching them. At the beginning of 2020, then aged 16, the Spanish player beat his compatriot Albert Ramos Vinolas (top 50) on the Rio de Janeiro clay courtroom match… in his first match on the ATP circuit. Since 2003, no player so younger had overwhelmed top 50.
In 2021, Carlos Alcaraz was fast to shine in the Grand Slam. First at Roland Garros, being the youngest player to succeed in the third spherical since 1992, then on the US Open. In New York, he went into the second week, beating Stefanos Tsitsipas (then third at ATP). No player so younger had overwhelmed Top 3 since Michael Chang in 1989.
(*5*)2022, yr of consecration
Two ATP 500s, Rio and Barcelona and two Masters 1000s, in Miami and Madrid: Carlos Alcaraz’s report in 2022, the yr of his nineteenth birthday, is frustrating. He additionally grew to become the youngest player to win the Miami match. In Madrid, the younger Spaniard erases Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Alexander Zverev to afford the title. No player in the historical past of tennis has overwhelmed each Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic in the identical match on clay.
Difficult to say right now how far Carlos Alcaraz will go. But with such maturity, such professionalism and a lot expertise, it is onerous to think about him at some point falling into oblivion, removed from the sunshine.