The Spaniard was only 15 years old when he became a professional player in 2018. He won his first match on the ATP circuit against Albert Ramos-Vinolas at the Rio de Janeiro tournament in Brazil. This success propelled him to 406th place in the world. Since then, Carlos Alcaraz has not stopped breaking records and climbing the ladder of the world of tennis on clay.
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An early bomb
By Sunday, Carlos Alcaraz had won 4 titles on the ATP professional circuit. ATP 250 in Croatia last year, ATP 500 in Rio in February 2022, Masters 1000 in Miami in March 2022, ATP 500 in Barcelona last week. And the latest is the Masters 1000 in Madrid. Alcaraz now has five titles in his name.
A year earlier, the young Spaniard was only 114th in the world. Since Sunday, his name has been on the lips of all fans and professionals of this sport. We see him already following in the footsteps of his great Rafael Nadal.
Carlos Alcaraz will soon become one of the best players in the world. I think he will make a very quick leap.Rafael Nadal, May 2021
In the history of the Master, the latter began his professional career at the age of 15 and also won his first tournament at the age of 18. And, at just 19, Nadal won his first title at Roland-Garros.
In May 2021, Rafael Nadal, who spoke about the young tennis player, said: “Carlos Alcaraz will soon become one of the best players in the world. I think he will skip the steps“.
The young tennis player has 28 victories in his charge and is also the player with the most matches won in 2022. The recent dizzying rise of the young Spaniard paints a bright future.
Defeating Nadal, Djokovic and Zverev during his week in Madrid, he became the youngest player to beat three top 5 players in a single tournament since the ATP Tour was founded in 1990.
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After this 5th title on his list, Carlos Alcaraz gives up the tournament in Rome and prefers to focus on the Roland-Garros tournament to be held in two weeks (from May 22 to June 5) in Paris . Meanwhile, he takes the time to treat his very twisted right ankle against Christmas, and a little swollen on Sunday morning.
Carlos Alcaraz’s coach is well known in the world of tennis. His name is Juan Carlos Ferrero. He is former world number 1 and winner of Roland-Garros in 2003. For more than two years, at his Equalite academy, Juan Carlos Ferrero has been working with the new Spanish star.
I really want to go to Paris, to fight for a Grand Slam (title). To show my level.Carlos Alcaraz
Conquer Roland Garros?
To be 100% in Paris, Alcaraz prefers to give up Rome next week, take the time to treat his very twisted right ankle against Christmas, and a little more swollen on Sunday morning.
“Roland-Garros is special to me, because it is the first Grand Slam where I reached the third round, last year, winning good matches, playing at a very good level. It’s true that this year people will make me Roland-Garros favorite, but I take it as a source of motivation, not as a pressure. I really want to go to Paris, to fight for a Grand Slam. I want to show my level in the Grand Slam. This title, and these victories against Rafael and Djokovic and Zverev, give me a lot of confidence to go to Roland-Garros, to sign up for the title in Paris.“
At the age of 19, Carlos Alcaraz is already in the top 10 in the world of tennis. In the end, it’s intractable. He has never given up a set.
“I like to be aggressive, add a lot of direct pointsour style is more or less like Roger Federer’s, ” confess in Spanish.
The young tennis star does not hide her ambition, not without a touch of insolence but with a certain lucidity.
“I consider myself a player who is playing very well right now. I lost in Monte Carlo from the start and I was able to learn from this defeat, and continue training in Barcelona and Madrid. I consider myself to play very, very well and I think I am a tough opponent for the other players. I don’t consider myself the best player in the world because I won Barcelona, I won Rafael Nadal and Djokovic and I won here in Madrid. I saw that tomorrow (Monday) I would be number 6 in the world, so I have five players left to beat to become the best player in the world. “.