How many points Carlos Alcaraz defends in the rest of the season?



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How many points Carlos Alcaraz defends in the rest of the season?

Carlos Alcaraz claimed his first Major crown on Sunday night at Arthur Ashe Stadium against Casper Ruud. Thus, the Spaniard completed a full circle and added his name to the history books after becoming the youngest Major winner since Rafael Nadal in 2005!

Carlos went even further and claimed the ATP throne with those 2000 points, becoming the youngest world no. 1 since the start of the ATP ranking in 1973. A year ago, Alcaraz competed in his first Major quarter-final in New Tork and cracked the top-40.

Twelve months later, he became the first teenager on the ATP throne at 19 years and four months following incredible results! Carlos left Lleyton Hewitt and Marat Safin behind and raised the bar for the upcoming young guns.

Things are looking good for the young Spaniard in the year-end no. 1 battle, building a massive advantage over his closest rival Rafael Nadal and leaving Casper Ruud and Stefanos Tsitsipas miles behind. Carlos does not have too many points to defend in the rest of the season, playing only three ATP tournaments in the post-US Open stage of the previous season.

Alcaraz won five out of eight matches (the ATP Next Gen Finals excluded) and gathered only 280 points. Carlos took a suitable rest after the US Open and returned to action in Indian Wells in October. The youngster faced Andy Murray in the second round and suffered a 5-7, 6-3, 6-2 loss in three hours and three minutes.

The opening set lasted an hour, and the battle became even more exhausting in sets two and three, as they pushed each other to the limits. Alcaraz stood as the more determined player on the court, hitting more winners and unforced errors and staying in touch with a three-time Major winner in the mid-range and most extended exchanges.

Murray opened a 4-1 lead in the opener after only 26 minutes before losing the advantage following Alcaraz's volley winner at the net in game eight.

Carlos Alcaraz does not have to defend too many points in the rest of the season.

The Spaniard saved a set point in the tenth game and cracked a backhand crosscourt winner for a break at love in the next one before holding in game 12 for 7-5.

Carlos painted a forehand down the line winner in the second set's third game to create two break chances. He wasted them and earned more opportunities at 2-2. Murray saved those and grabbed a break in the sixth game that carried him towards the set.

Andy broke at the beginning of the decider and fended off break chances in the next one to open a 2-0 gap. Losing ground, an 18-year-old suffered another break in game five and took a medical timeout for a bleeding blister in the next one.

Murray finished the job with a volley winner at the net at 5-2 for a place in the third round. Carlos bounced back in Vienna and defeated Daniel Evans, Andy Murray and Matteo Berrettini en route to the semi-final. The Spaniard faced world no.

4 Alexander Zverev and experienced a 6-3, 6-23 loss. Carlos took nine return points and created one break chance. Alexander defended it and grabbed three breaks from four opportunities to control the scoreboard and move into the final.

Both players served well in the opening six games before Zverev broke at 30 for 4-3. Alexander broke again in game nine for 6-3 in 30 minutes. A teenager sprayed a forehand error in the second set's sixth game to fall 4-2 down, and Zverev saved a break point at 5-3 to seal the deal.

Alcaraz played five tight sets in the opening two matches at the Paris Masters, beating Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Jannik Sinner to move into the third round. The Spaniard failed to reach the quarter-final following a 6-4, 7-5 loss to Hugo Gaston, dropping over half of the points in his games and losing serve six times.

Carlos wrapped up the season with a rock-solid performance at the ATP Next Gen Finals in Milan, lifting the trophy and gathering a boost ahead of 2022.