2022 was the year of the definitive explosion of Carlos Alcaraz. The 19-year-old Spaniard had already made a name for himself in 2021 by beating Stefanos Tsitsipas at the US Open, but this year has left everyone speechless.
The young talent from Murcia has won the US Open, two Masters 1000 (Miami and Madrid) and two ATP 500 (Rio and Barcelona). By winning his first Grand Slam in New York, the Iberian became the youngest number 1 in the history of men's tennis.
Juan Carlos Ferrero’s protégé has taken off the additional whim of beating Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic this season, proving that he is not afraid of anyone and wants to become an icon of the sport.
Among the insiders, many have already identified him as the future ruler of the male circuit. The performance of 'Carlitos' dropped slightly in the latter part of the season, also due to some physical problems. A tear in the abs forced Alcaraz to give up the ATP Finals in Turin, but it did not prevent him from finishing the season at the top of the ATP ranking.
Speaking to the Tennis Channel, Jimmy Arias said he was very impressed with the physical and tennis qualities of the Spaniard.
Alcaraz has enjoyed an incredibly successful season
Visiting the Tennis Channel podcast to discuss the meteoric rise of Carlos Alcaraz, who has also been assured since Tuesday of finishing the 2022 season as world number one, a first in history for such a player.
young, Jimmy Arias said he was impressed by the physical and tennis qualities of the Spanish prodigy. “His game is really good, and he is an incredible athlete. He achieves things that no other player has ever done. He can just as easily hit a winning shot at 160km/h from a meter behind the baseline and rush to the net on the next point.
We don't see anyone doing that, it's new. It's impressive to watch. Obviously, now that he is number 1, he will have to learn to deal with it. It's different, you're not running after anyone anymore. Everyone is chasing you, everyone is chasing you."
His chances of doing so received a boost on Monday. Stefanos Tsitsipas lost to Novak Djokovic in the ATP Finals, thereby ending the Greek player's hopes of the year-end No. 1 ranking. Meanwhile, Alcaraz's compatriot Rafael Nadal is still alive in the race. Carlos Alcaraz has enjoyed an incredibly successful season.