World no. 1 Carlos Alcaraz will return to action next week in Nur-Sultan, seeking his third ATP 500 title of the season. Carlos is spending his third week as world no. 1, passing Rafael Nadal's coach Carlos Moya and becoming the 26th player with that number of No.
1 weeks. Alcaraz conquered the ATP throne after winning his maiden Major crown at the US Open, adding 2000 points to his tally and becoming the first teenager ranked at the top. Carlos is in the driving position to keep the ATP throne until the end of the season, building a nice lead over his rivals and defending only 270 points from 2021!
Thomas Muster, Marcelo Rios and Yevgeny Kafelnikov stand on six No. 1 weeks, and the young Spaniard will pass them in a month. Carlos had an impressive run in 2021, almost cracking the top-30 at 18. The youngster lost a thriller to Matteo Berrettini at the Australian Open at the start of the new season and gained a boost ahead of the following events.
Carlos Alcaraz spends his third week as world no. 1.
Alcaraz conquered his first ATP 500 title in Rio de Janeiro in February as the youngest champion on that level. He wished for more in Indian Wells and lost a thrilling semi-final to Rafael Nadal after a grueling battle.
The young gun made a fresh start in Miami and claimed the first Masters 1000 title over Casper Ruud to become the third-youngest Masters 1000 champion. A place in the top-10 was just a matter of time, and Alcaraz got there following his second ATP 500 crown in Barcelona at the end of April.
The Spaniard became the ninth-youngest top-10 player at 18 years and 11 months, just behind his great compatriot Rafael Nadal. Carlos played even better in Madrid, beating Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Alexander Zverev en route to his second Masters 1000 title within a month and a half!
Alcaraz became the ATP Race leader contender with those points and added more with the quarter-final run at Roland Garros. The Spaniard lost two consecutive ATP finals in Hamburg and Umag on clay and traveled to New York as one of the favorites.
Carlos was world no. 4 ahead of the US Open and had a chance to become the youngest world no. 1 in ATP history. Rafael Nadal and Daniil Medvedev fell in the fourth round and left the door open for Alcaraz and Casper Ruud. Alcaraz and Ruud reached the US Open final and battled for the first Major title and the ATP throne.
Carlos scored a 6-4, 2-6, 7-6, 6-3 triumph in three hours and 20 minutes for a career-best result and a place in history. At 19 years and four months, Alcaraz became the first teenager on the ATP throne. Also, he is in the driving seat to take the year-end no.
1 honor, with a healthy advantage over his main rivals. Carlos will play his next tournament in Nur-Sultan next week, joining a strong field and seeking the fifth ATP title of 2022.