Carlos Alcaraz and Juan Carlos Ferrero have been working together for a couple of years. Former Major champion and world no. 1 has taken everything from the young gun's potential, guiding him towards a Major title and the ATP throne at 19!
Alcaraz claimed two Masters 1000 titles in March and May and became a contender for world no. 1 spot. Carlos achieved that after the US Open, lifting his first Major trophy and becoming the youngest world no. 1 since the start of the ATP ranking in 1973!
Alcaraz is spending his seventh week at the top, moving in front of Patrick Rafter, Carlos Moya, Thomas Muster, Yevgeny Kafelnikov and Marcelo Rios. Next week, Carlos will match his coach Juan Carlos Ferrer and John Newcombe on eight weeks as world no.
1, hoping for more in the rest of the season and looking good to secure his first year-end no. 1 honor. Alcaraz kicked off the season from outside the top-30, and he needed only four months to crack the top-10.
Carlos Alcaraz has seven world no.
1 weeks on his tally.
Carlos won Rio de Janeiro and played the Indian Wells semi-final before conquering Miami and becoming the third-youngest Masters 1000 winner. Alcaraz did not stop there, securing titles in Barcelona and Madrid and challenging the rivals from the top.
Carlos had a chance to become world no. 1 after the US Open, and he used it with both hands, beating Casper Ruud in the title clash and writing history books. Alcaraz did not make a good start as the world's leading player, losing two out of three matches and hoping for a better run in Basel.
The young Spaniard debuted at the ATP 500 event on Monday night and defeated another youngster Jack Draper 3-6, 6-2, 7-5 in two hours and 17 minutes. Draper did his best to stay competitive, erasing a deficit in the final set and pushing world no.
1 to the limits before dropping three straight games from 5-4. Jack grabbed a break at 1-1 in the opener and cracked a forehand down the line winner at 5-3 for a break at love and the opening set. Carlos broke a left-hander at the start of the second set and repeated that for 3-0.
The Spaniard delivered four comfortable holds and wrapped up the set with a drop shot winner at 5-2. Draper hit a double fault at 2-2 to experience a break and fall further behind the positive score. Alcaraz forced the rival's mistake in game six for a hold at 15 and another big step toward the finish line.
Jack pulled the break back in game eight to lock the result at 4-4 and gain a boost. Draper held at 30 in game nine, and Carlos held at 30 with a volley winner for 5-5. The Spaniard cracked a backhand down the line winner in the next one for a crucial break at 15.
The Briton fended off two match points in game 12 and earned two break chances. Alcaraz erased both with winners and painted a forehand down the line winner on the third match point for a winning start.