'What a talent Carlos Alcaraz is', says former ATP ace



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'What a talent Carlos Alcaraz is', says former ATP ace

A great achievement for the 19-year-old tennis player. Carlos Alcaraz can finally celebrate the definitive news, long awaited for several days: the Spaniard is sure to end the year at number one in the ATP world ranking. This has become official, after the third day of competition in the Finals Nitto ATP from Turin.

The Grand Slam title-winning phenom this season secured this record thanks to compatriot Rafael Nadal's second consecutive loss in the top eight and Norwegian Casper Ruud's subsequent success in eliminating the Spanish champion in the semi-finals.

The Murcian thus becomes the youngest athlete in history to finish the year at the top of the ranking, beating the previous record held by the Australian Lleyton Hewitt. A truly deserved achievement for the talent led by coach Juan Carlos Ferrero, who has distinguished himself the most in recent months by scoring almost 7,000 points in total.

The highlight of the year was undoubtedly his triumph at the Us Open, after incredible performances against the Italian Jannik Sinner and the American Frances Tiafoe. From here Alcaraz will start again in 2023, with the pressure of having to defend so many points in almost all the prestigious tests and the moral duty of being ahead of everyone in the ranking.

Despite the super 2022, Alcaraz was unable to participate in the ATP finals in Italy. An injury stopped him a few days before the start of the competition: "After Paris-Bercy, unfortunately, I discovered the extent of my physical problem: an internal oblique tear in the left abdominal wall.

The estimated recovery time is six weeks. Unfortunately, I will not participate in the finals or the Davis Cup. It is hard and painful for me to miss these two events, which are so important. The only thing I can do is be positive and focus on my recovery.

Thanks to all for the support", were the words with which the Iberian announced the defeat.

Roddick comments on Alcaraz

With Carlos Alcaraz ending the 2002 season as the World No. 1, the domination of the Big 4 has finally come to an end.

"It just goes to show those guys are selfish, very very selfish... keeping titles from us mortals," Roddick said. "I don't know if we are ever going to see consistency like we've seen from the Big 4 over the last 20 years.

They completely revolutionized the game, it's just absurd!" Roddick went on to hail Alcaraz, pointing out that it took someone of his immense talent to end the Big 4's domination. "It took an all-world talent like Carlos Alcaraz who is already a complete player at 19 years old now (to put an end to the domination of the Big 4). What a talent Alcaraz is," he added.