World no. 1 Carlos Alcaraz finishes season and skips ATP Finals
by JOVICA ILIC | VIEW 8740
World no. 1 Carlos Alcaraz will not play for the rest of the season, skipping the ATP Finals and the Davis Cup Finals! The 19-year-old Spaniard injured his left abdominal wall during the Paris Masters quarter-final against Holger Rune, retiring in the second set's closing stages and heading back home to Spain.
After further checks, Alcaraz revealed an abdominal muscle injury that will take four to six weeks to heel, sidelining the youngest world no. 1 from the upcoming tournaments. Carlos claimed his first Major crown at the US Open and became world no.
1 the following day. The Spaniard has not played that well since, reaching the Basel semi-final and the Paris Masters quarter-final before shutting down his engines.
Carlos Alcaraz will not play at the ATP Finals.
Carlos scored two wins in Paris and battled against his coeval Holger Rune in the quarter-final.
The Dane claimed the opener 6-3, and they stayed neck and neck in set number two. Alcaraz created his first break chance in game eight with a sharp return. Rune saved it with a service winner before facing the second. He denied it with a forehand drive-volley winner and held for 4-4.
Carlos held at love in game 11 for 6-5 but called for a trainer after injuring his left abdominal muscle. Unable to serve or move properly, the Spaniard retired after falling 3-1 behind in the tie break to push his coeval into the last four.
Alcaraz started the season from outside the top-30 and found himself in the top-10 by the end of April. Carlos won Rio de Janeiro, Miami and Barcelona to enter the elite group before turning 19. Alcaraz was the Roland Garros quarter-finalist and lost back-to-back finals on clay at the end of July.
He was the 4th seed at the US Open, with a chance of taking the ATP throne. Rafael Nadal and Daniil Medvedev experienced early losses, and Alcaraz survived a couple of challenging encounters to remain on the title course. He defeated Frances Tiafoe in the semi-final and toppled the ATP throne contender Casper Ruud in the title clash to become the youngest Major champion since Rafael Nadal at Roland Garros 2005.
Carlos is 1000 points clear of Rafa in the ATP Race, looking good to finish the year as the leading player despite missing the ATP Finals.