Carlos Alcaraz matches Marat Safin



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Carlos Alcaraz matches Marat Safin

Carlos Alcaraz enjoys his ninth week on the ATP throne. The 19-year-old Spaniard is the 21st player with nine No. 1 weeks since the start of the ATP ranking in 1973, matching Marat Safin and standing three behind Boris Becker.

Alcaraz became the 28th ATP world no. 1 player following his first Major success at the US Open. Thus, Carlos became the first teenager with a Major title since Rafael Nadal and the youngest world no. 1 at 19. Alcaraz received the ATP No.

1 honor at the season's last Masters 1000 event in Paris, adding a beautiful trophy to his rich collection that contains a Major and two Masters 1000 shields. The youngster made impressive progress through the list in the past three years.

He kicked off the 2022 season from just outside the top-30 and hoped to finish it in the top-15. Instead, by September, Alcaraz became the world's best player, celebrating his first Major title in New York and writing history books.

The Spaniard suffered a tight loss to Matteo Berrettini at the Australian Open before conquering his first ATP 500 crown in Rio de Janeiro as the youngest winner on that level since 2009.

Carlos Alcaraz is the 21st player with nine No.

1 weeks.

The young gun pushed Rafael Nadal to the limits in the Indian Wells semi-final before losing after over three hours. Carlos made further steps in Miami, heading all the way and becoming the third-youngest Masters 1000 champion after Michael Chang and Rafael Nadal!

Alcaraz did not have to wait to lift another notable trophy, conquering Barcelona at the end of April for back-to-back ATP 500 titles. Carlos cracked the top-10 with those points and joined the elite group of players who achieved that before turning 19.

Not stopping there, the youngster lifted another Masters 1000 shield in front of the home fans in Madrid after beating Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Alexander Zverev within three days! Carlos became the world no. 1 contender and added more valuable points with the Roland Garros quarter-final.

Alcaraz came to the US Open as world no. 4 and saved a match point in the quarter-final thriller against Jannik Sinner to extend his journey. Carlos overpowered Frances Tiafoe in the semi-final and advanced to his first Major final.

Alcaraz fought for the ATP throne and a Major title against Casper Ruud and scored a 6-4, 2-6, 7-6, 6-3 victory in three hours and 20 minutes. After this incredible success, the Spaniard slowed down a bit, resting his body and hoping for a good run in Basel and Paris.

Carlos lost to Felix Auger-Aliassime in the semi-final and reached the quarter-final in Paris. He 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 heal, sidelining the youngest world no. 1 from the ATP Finals and the Davis Cup Finals. 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 and end his season.