Carlos Alcaraz is called to leave his mark on the “white sport”. Very quickly, with just a couple of courses as a professional, the Spanish tennis player got into the middle of Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal in a select group of the ATP.
Carlitos became the second active player to reach more tour finals under the age of 20, at only 19. After qualifying for the Rio Open title game, the Murcian will accumulate a total of 9 finals played one time you see the faces with the British Cameron Norrie.
That is the second best figure, already leaving the Serbian Novak Djokovic a little behind, who accumulated 7 finals played before he was 20 years old. The record is clearly held by Spaniard Rafael Nadal, who in that era racked up a total of 18 tournament title games.
That is to say, Rafa achieved just twice as many finals as Carlitos, at least so far. Of those eight finals that Alcaraz has played so far, he has emerged victorious in six and lost in two of them. Curiously, they both lost to Italian players in the figures of Jannik Sinner and Lorenzo Musetti.
For his part, those two wins came in tournaments on hard courts and against the same opponent (Casper Ruud), including a Grand Slam final (US Open-2022). In this way it is verified once again that Carlos Alcaraz is a generational talent who very soon begins to write his name in the golden book of ‘white sport’ and what he lacks.
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Becker comments on Djokovic
Boris Becker revealed that he cried while watching Novak Djokovic win the 2022 Wimbledon Championships, a time that was particularly tough for the German as he was inside prison at the time.
Becker also revealed that the Serb will be a part of the documentary, a fact he is very proud of. “While I was inside [jail], Novak supported me, he supported my family. I started crying when he started winning. I’m very proud that probably the best player of all time is part of this story,” Becker said.
Novak Djokovic has sent a clear message to all his rivals at the start of the season. The Serbian phenomenon started 2023 in the best possible way, winning the ATP 250 in Adelaide and, above all, his tenth Australian Open. At 35 years old, the man from Belgrade, who only dropped one set in the entire tournament, reaffirmed that he is the strongest player at the moment and regained first place in the ATP ranking.