Carlos Alcaraz: 'I don’t want to take credit away from myself but...'



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Carlos Alcaraz: 'I don’t want to take credit away from myself but...'

Carlos Alcaraz is the new number one in the world. In New York, the Spanish tennis player reached the final of the US Open against Casper Ruud, with a double goal for both players: win the first Slam title of their careers and conquer the top of the ranking.

It was the young Iberian who triumphed, taking it all and setting new records. He was the youngest tennis player to win a Grand Slam tournament since Rafael Nadal in 2005 and is the second teenager to triumph at the US Open (in the Open Era) since Pete Sampras in 1990.

The records were not only in the Grand Slam sphere, but also at the top of the ranking. Carlos Alcaraz became the youngest tennis player to be number one in the world, at 19 years, 4 months and 7 days. He has shattered the record held by Lleyton Hewitt, who became the world leader in 2001 at the age of 20 years, 8 months and 23 days.

The Spanish tennis player, accustomed to burning his back, also set a negative record. Carlos Alcaraz became number one in the world with 6,740 points: he is the tennis player who has reached the top of the ranking with the fewest points since 2009.

Daniil Medvedev follows in this classification, who was number one in the world with "only" 6885 points. They are the only two tennis players in the last thirteen years who have reached the top of the ranking with less than seven thousand points.

In recent years, it has been the Fab Four that have dominated the top of the rankings. Of them, it was Rafael Nadal who achieved the first position with the fewest points: 7645 points in 2017.

Carlos Alcaraz on his title win

Carlos Alcaraz completed his quick ascent to the top of the tennis world by winning his maiden Major title and earning the World No.1 ranking.

"Look, I don’t want to take credit away from myself but it’s true that Rafa, Djokovic, Federer, they were in a period when they were all playing. I had the luck or whatever you want to call it that Djokovic could not play.

Everybody has their reasons, but that is the reality," Carlos Alcaraz said. "He could not play much for a while, and Rafa kept playing but not all year, either. But like I said, I don’t want to take credit away from myself.

I have been playing all season, playing incredible matches and incredible tournaments, and I’ve worked really hard so that things like this could happen," he further added.