Carlos Alcaraz's season has been nothing short of amazing. The 19-year-old Spaniard, who had already shown flashes of crystal-clear talent in 2021, has literally exploded this year. Juan Carlos Ferrero's protégé won the US Open, as well as two Masters 1000 (Miami and Madrid) and two ATP 500 (Rio and Barcelona).
By winning his first Slam in New York, the Murcian became the youngest number 1 in the history of men's tennis. Many identify 'Carlitos' as the future dominator of the ATP circuit. During the Mutua Madrid Open, Juan Carlos Ferrero's protégé was in charge of defeating two sacred monsters like Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic.
After the ATP Finals in Turin, the young Iberian will try to lead Spain to the conquest of the Davis Cup. In the absence of Nadal, Carlos will be the beacon of the Iberian team in Malaga. In a press conference during the Rolex Paris Masters, Alcaraz spoke about everything he had to sacrifice to reach these levels.
"Well, I could say that I couldn't go out with my friends as much as I wanted. Sometimes they would ask me out, but I couldn't be too late. I was almost always the first to get home," Alcaraz explained. "Anyway, I tried not to give up anything.
I had fun with my family and friends, although I had to work hard to become a professional tennis player. I wouldn't call them sacrifices, as I have always dreamed of playing at the highest level." Charles added. Recently, Juan Carlos Ferrero analyzed the season of his protégé: "It is normal for some to think that Alcaraz does not deserve first place.
It is true that Novak Djokovic had to skip several tournaments, including two Slams."
Alcaraz wants to continue to amaze
Former American tennis player Jim Courier recently reflected on Carlos Alcaraz ending the year as the youngest World No.
1 in the ATP rankings. "I wouldn't say there is a huge difference between No. 1 and No. 4 as far as they are having a target, everyone in that class of a rankings is gonna have a target on the back of every match they play is a chance for someone to make a name for themselves if they haven't already," he said.
"The one thing that I'd say that I think is different for Alcaraz than it was for me, I didn't ever expect to get to No. 1. I certainly worked for it, and I got there and I earned it and I loved being there for the period of time I was able to hang on to it.
Alcaraz is one of those players who is groomed for [being World No. 1] and had the ability to pass the eye test of this guy is likely to get to the No. 1 at some point," he expressed.