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Carlos Alcaraz, in the Olympus of the great legends of tennis

The Murcian tennis player Carlos Alcaraz Garfia He is already used to seeing his name next to that of great legends of tennis. Accustomed to breaking records since he was a child at surprising speed, the Conde de Godó, the first title he has won two consecutive yearshas earned him to situate himself at the height of figures like Björn Borg, Rafael NadalMats Wilander and Andre Agassi in another historical ranking, that of tennis players with the most titles under 20 years of age, an age that will reach next May 5, when the tournament is still being played. Masters 1,000 in Madrid, where he will also defend the crown.

According to the data offered by the Twitter account MisterOnly.Tennis, the Swedish Borg, winner of eleven Grand Slams, had triumphed in 17 tournaments before reaching the age of twenty. Rafael Nadal, the best Spanish tennis player in historyhe was already 16. With 13 another Swede was left with nine ‘big’ in his history, Mats Wilandernow a commentator for Eurosport and who has said of the Murcian that “he can decide the future of tennis, only Federer He had that arsenal of punches.”

With 12 is German Boris Becker, who at 18 triumphed at Wimbledon. And the American Andre Agassi reached ten. All of them were or are being, because Nadal is still active, benchmarks in the sport of racket. In the same way, with his twelve finals, he has also equaled Andrei Medvedev and has been two behind Andre Agassi in a classification where the undisputed leader is Borg.

With his triumph in Barcelona, ​​in addition, Alcaraz equaled another record and set another. On the one hand, he reached Rafa Nadal in presence in ATP 500 finals before he turned 20; and on the other, he beat the Balearic Islands in the ATP 500 finals on clay without having reached that age by playing in Rio de Janeiro, Barcelona and Hamburg in 2022; and in 2023, Rio and Barcelona, ​​with three titles on the same surface that is disputed Roland Garrosthe great challenge of this part of the season for the player from El Palmar.

And among the players who are active, Alcaraz is the second with the most presence in finals without reaching 20. Rafa Nadal reached 18, while the Murcian is going to stay at 12 with 9 wins. Behind them are Novak Djokovic and the Norwegian Holge Rune, both with 7.

Alcaraz is also among the players with the most wins in matches on the ATP tour before reaching 20 years of age. With 113 he is far from Borg’s 280 or Becker’s 189, but he also plays in his favor because he could not compete for almost a year due to the pandemic and this delayed his jump from the Challenger tournaments.

All these data come to endorse that the youngest player in history to reach number 1 in the world is a great reality. The maturity of him at 19 years old is inappropriate and after having been installed for twenty weeks in the first position of the classification, he could return to it in the Masters 1,000 in Rome.

Avoid Tsitsipas and Medveded until the final of the Madrid Masters

He Madrid Masters 1,000 It is already underway with the celebration of the matches of the previous phase. The premiere of Carlos Alcaraz, who is exempt in the first round, is not scheduled until next Saturday or Sunday. His rival in that second-round match will come out of the duel that the Finn will play Emil Ruusuvuori (41 in the world) and French Ugo Humbert (77).

The draw resulted in will not see faces with Stefanos Tsitsipas and Andreii Medveded until a hypothetical end, but yes with Casper Ruud, Holger Rune, Alejandro Davidovich or Casper Ruudamong others, in the semifinals.

Before, in the third round they appear as most qualified rivals Korda and Diego Schwartzman, although the Argentine is not in a good moment. And the fourth, the tennis player with the best ranking is the Russian Andrei Rublev (6).

After successfully defending the 500 points that he added last year at the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell, this week he maintains the 6,770 with which he appeared last year, but is now closer to Novak Djokovic. The distance between the two best has been reduced to 365 points, since ‘Nole’ was defeated in the quarterfinals of the Banja Luka tournament, an ATP 250 held in Croatia last week.

Besides, Djokovic will not be in the Madrid Masters 1,000 due to injury, just like Rafa Nadal, so he will not be able to defend the 360 ​​points he won a year ago when he lost in the semifinals to Alcaraz, who had previously beaten Nadal in an epic quarterfinal match. For all these reasons, if Alcaraz retains the crown in the Madrid tournament, the only one of that category that is played in Spain, he will remain with those 6,770 points and will be only five behind Djokovic, who in a fortnight will appear with 6,775.

Therefore, in Rome, in the last Masters 1,000 on clay before Roland Garros, Carlos Alcaraz can reach number 1 and reach the Parisian event as leader of the ATP ranking. The Murcian did not participate last year in the Foro Italico because after doing a double in Barcelona and Madrid he decided to rest due to fatigue.

The Serbian did play and win, so he will defend 1,000 points and will have to repeat his victory to prevent Alcaraz from beating him again. Just by playing – he would enter directly into the second round – the man from El Palmar would already add 25 points, enough to surpass him, and then continue to grow with 45 in the third round, 90 in the round of 16, 180 in the quarterfinals, 360 in the semifinals and 600 if you are a finalist


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