How Much Is Carlos Alcaraz Missing To Be No 1?


After his victories in the Masters 1000 in Miami and Madrid, he could enter the fight for the best place in the ATP rankings at the end of the summer.

Zverev celebrates this Sunday with Alcaraz
Zverev celebrates this Sunday with AlcarazAlberto Di Loli

“It is very, very possible that [Carlos] 1 in the world this year”, Jim Courier warned during the broadcast on Tennis Channel of the final of the Mutua Madrid Open and it sounds like a safe forecast, but who would have said it a few months ago On the final New Year’s Eve, Alcarz was ranked 32nd in the ATP rankings. Today he is in sixth place and as Courier predicted, the rise is unstoppable. Following his victories at the Miami and Madrid Masters 1000, cemented a And second on clay, in reality the only question is when the Spaniard will enter the fight for the top spot on the list, the answer is that he still needs a few months.

With his resignation from the Masters 1000 in Rome, a happy future in which Alcaraz is able to win everything, Roland Garros and Wimbledon, will put him in that position already in July, but his experience on the grass does not allow him to soar. Is. In his entire career, he has played only two matches on this surface, both last year at Wimbledon, arguably one win and one loss. In the first round, he defeated Yasutaka Uchiyama of Japan in five sets and then lost to Daniil Medvedev.

For this reason, a more realistic calculation would place the prodigy at the top of the ATP rankings at the end of the summer. He could then sign on to what was already a fine role at Roland Garros—where he would add 1,885 points if he won the title—improved his numbers at Wimbledon and enjoyed a cemented American tour with everything to win. He didn’t play the Masters 1000 in Toronto last year and fell in the first round at the Masters 1000 in Cincinnati, so his chances of scoring a point again are very high. In the last week of August, when the US Open begins, Alcarz may already be ready to storm the skies, although he must defend the quarter-finals at Flushing Meadows, the results of which he has to reveal to the general public.

Working on that promotion, yes, Alcarz is already at the top of the ‘Race’, the list that measures the best tennis players of the year and decides who will go to the ATP Finals in November. The young man is currently second (3,460 points) just 70 points behind the famous Rafa Nadal (3,530 points), who has dominated that ranking since his victory at the Australian Open. Somewhere far from both are Stefanos Tsitsipas and already far away, Andrey Rublev and Daniil Medvedev. The one who doesn’t even appear in the top 25 of the ‘Race’ is Novak Djokovic, who has barely played due to the opposition to vaccination against COVID and will lose No. 1 in the ATP rankings soon afterwards.

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