Carlos Alcaraz‘s predestination has long been recognized, but no one ever expected that at the age of 19, he would be able to outperform the opposition. The extremely young Spaniard has had a fantastic season, making him the youngest No. 1 in the annals of men’s tennis.
The protégé of Juan Carlos Ferrero won the US Open, two Masters 1000 events (in Miami and Madrid), and two ATP 500 events in 2022 alone (Rio and Barcelona). Everyone was in awe of his voyage to New York and his ability to bear pressure.
In the fifth set, “Carlitos” won three straight games, even saving Jannik Sinner from a match-winning opportunity in the quarterfinals. He defeated Casper Ruud in the championship match, winning an actual play-off for the top spot in the ATP rankings.
The Iberian has already travelled to Valencia to support his Spain in the Davis Cup after the customary selfies in Times Square. Mats Wilander spoke admiringly about Alcaraz in a lengthy interview with L’Equipe.
Wilander gives Alcaraz praise
The offspring of Roger Federer, Rafa Nadal, and Novak Djokovic is Carlos Alcaraz (Djokovic).
He watched them on TV as a child. Rafa inspires him with his enthusiasm and competitive spirit. He learns Roger’s drop shots, serve and volley, and other artistic strokes. Additionally, he borrows Novak’s mobility and flexibility.
He moves faster than Novak, albeit I’m not sure he does so much better. Despite everything, he battles with a smile, unlike Rafa, who does not. That was something new to us! possibly with Gustavo Kuerten, but otherwise… More amortizations are attempted by him than by any other great player.
He truly is the offspring of a sport owned by Roger, Rafa, and Novak. I believed Stefanos Tsitsipas might be that thing. Carlos Alcaraz went much further, according to Mats Wilander. Alcaraz discussed the mental aspect of things and the capacity to maintain mental equilibrium during the competition after the finals.
“The three components are crucial. All of stuff was at a very high level. I was astonished by how psychologically tough I was. after dropping the third set to Sinner and the fourth to Tiafoe. I persevered. As a child, I wasn’t always cognitively robust.
Being the youngest #1 ever is amazing. the young man said. “But it’s considerably difficult what the Big 3 are doing: stay on top for 20 years,” he continued. I’m trying to find that. I don’t want to judge myself against them, but I do want to resemble them.