'This should allow Carlos Alcaraz to take...', says top analyst
by SIMONE BRUGNOLI | VIEW 1940
Once the season is over, it is time to analyze many of the statistics and records that the best tennis in the world has left us, not only for the individual achievements that made history this year with the already established players and with those who want to take over.
The professional circuit also allows us to analyze group numbers to find out, for example, which country won the most trophies in the season. This classification is headed by the emblematic tennis players, but not only by them: a classification based on the number of titles won according to the nationality of the winners.
At the head of this is Spain. The Iberian country has dominated the tour and ranking with its two key men: the experience of Rafael Nadal; the youth of Carlos Alcaraz. For the latter, five titles this season: the US Open was the icing on the cake for the world number one.
Rafael Nadal follows him with four titles, including two Grand Slams. The other five are: two by Roberto Bautista Agustín; Pablo Carreño Busta's Canadian Masters 1000; a title for Albert Ramos-Viñolas and another for Pedro Martínez.
Second place for the United States of America, with eight titles. Taylor Fritz leads the standings with three titles: the Eastbourne 250, the Tokyo 500 and the Indian Wells 1000. Two for Reiplly Opelka, one for Maxime Cressy and two for Brandon Nakashima: for the latter San Diego and the Next Gen Atp Finals.
In third place is Italy, who have won six titles in total. Two for Matteo Berrettini, both on grass (Stuttgart and London); two for Lorenzo Musetti, one on clay and the other on concrete. In addition, there are the expired titles of Jannik Sinner and Lorenzo Sonego: for the first the Umag trophy, for the second that of Marseille.
The asterisk in this classification corresponds to Russia. Russian players have won a total of seven titles, but for statistical purposes only three are recognized for the country, those won before the March ban: Karatsev in Sydney, Rublev in Marseille and Dubai.
Patrick Kuhnen comments on Alcaraz
Patrick Kuhnen, former 43rd in the world, consultant for Sky Sport in Germany but also director of the Munich tournament, kindly made predictions for 2023. According to him, if Nadal, Djokovic will be there, he has a real fear about the current world number 1, Carlos Alcaraz.
“The Spaniard starts the new season as world number one, and he will have to defend this status. We can therefore think that there is a risk that this position could turn into a burden, especially at the mental level.
Afterwards, he is well surrounded so this should allow him to take on this challenge with more confidence. Despite everything, it seems logical that he will have to face difficult passages in 2023."