Carlos Alcaraz tops Rafael Nadal and becomes youngest year-end No. 1

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Carlos Alcaraz tops Rafael Nadal and becomes youngest year-end No. 1

At 19 years and seven months, Carlos Alcaraz will become the youngest year-end no. 1 player in ATP history at the end of December! A teenager skipped the ATP Finals, but his position was almost cemented in front of struggling Rafael Nadal and Stefanos Tsitsipas, who had to win all five matches in Turin to pass him.

Nadal and Tsitsipas failed to accomplish their tasks, and Carlos can celebrate another honor in his already rich collection. Lleyton Hewitt was the previous youngest year-end no. 1 player at 20 years and ten months. Alcaraz smashed that record and set the bar high for the upcoming rivals who want to challenge him.

Carlos was 57-13 in 2022, winning five ATP titles, including his first Major crown at the US Open and two Masters 1000 shields. The young gun grabbed his chances and finished above Nadal, who struggled with injuries, and Novak Djokovic, who missed collecting points at three Majors!

Carlos Alcaraz will finish the season at the top at 19 years.

Alcaraz started the season from outside the top-30 and found himself in the top-10 by the end of April. Carlos lost a tight clash to Matteo Berrettini at the Australian Open and conquered Rio de Janeiro, Miami and Barcelona to enter the elite group at 18!

Alcaraz became the third-youngest Masters 1000 champion in Miami before celebrating his second ATP 500 crown within two months in Barcelona in April. Not stopping there, the young Spaniard claimed his second Masters 1000 trophy in Madrid following victories over Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Alexander Zverev!

Alcaraz was the Roland Garros quarter-finalist and could have played better on grass. The Spaniard lost back-to-back finals on clay in Umag and Hamburg and headed to the US Open as the 4th seed and the ATP throne contender.

Rafael Nadal and Daniil Medvedev experienced early losses in New York, and Alcaraz survived a couple of challenging encounters to remain on the title course. He saved a match point against Jannik Sinner in the quarter-final and defeated Frances Tiafoe in the semi-final.

The Spaniard toppled the ATP throne contender Casper Ruud in the title clash to become the youngest Major champion since Rafael Nadal at Roland Garros 2005! Following a proper rest, Carlos experienced an early loss in Astana and fell to Felix Auger-Aliassime in the Basel semi-final.

The 19-year-old scored two victories at the Paris Masters for another quarter-final. He injured his left abdominal wall 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 required four to six weeks to heel, sidelining the youngest world no. 1 from the upcoming tournaments and ending his season.