'Carlos Alcaraz was left mentally after...', says top analyst

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'Carlos Alcaraz was left mentally after...', says top analyst

Yesterday the first day of the final phase of the ATP was played in Turin, with two matches in which there were already big surprises. The Norwegian Casper Ruud prevailed against the odds by beating Felix Auger Aliassime, one of the most fit tennis players of the moment, in two sets, while Rafael Nadal fell in the afternoon, defeated in two sets by the American Taylor Fritz.

This defeat could already be decisive in terms of classification, and the last games help Carlos Alcaraz's record. The current number one in the world, a 19-year-old tennis player from Murcia, is getting closer to finishing the season at the top of the Ranking.

The Murcian champion only runs the risk of losing first place in two circumstances. The only ones who can take this supremacy away from him are actually Rafael Nadal and Stefanos Tsitsipas, but both from now on cannot lose games and must win the tournament.

Rafa could afford a loss in the group stage, which happened yesterday, so now he can't make any more missteps. Tsitsipas, meanwhile, has to win all five available matches to finish at the top of the world rankings. Given the situation, Alcaraz is undoubtedly the clear favorite to finish at the top of the ATP rankings.

Behind Casper Ruud he can only become number two, while no chance for the others with Fritz who can gain important points and positions. Among the Italians, Jannik Sinner, Matteo Berrettini and Lorenzo Musetti, who have already finished their season (the last two will have to play the Davis Cup Finals), Lorenzo Sonego gains a position, as does the winner of the ATP NextGen Finals Brandon Nakashima, who stabilizes in the Top 50.

Corretja praises Alcaraz

Carlos Alcaraz was left mentally and physically drained by an exhausting campaign that saw him win the US Open and become world No 1, according to Alex Corretja. “The effort of the US Open came with a bill to pay,” the former world No 2 told Eurosport.

“You achieve the goal of a lifetime, the dream of becoming world No 1 and to win a Slam. The following weeks are automatically the toughest to deal with. He played the Davis Cup just afterwards, then went to a tournament very far away [in Astana, Kazakhstan], with the long flight and the time competing he had to do.

Of course, in the end, it is a pity because we hoped to see him at the [Paris] Masters, to fight for the world No 1 against Rafa [Nadal], not especially to measure who is the best out of the two, but more for the pride to have two Spaniards fighting for the world No 1 throne.

On top of that, not having him for the Davis Cup Finals, which had drawn lots of expectation because it is being played in Spain. But I’ll say it again: all this is normal with everything that happened, even if it is a bit of a ‘what a pity’ situation.