Carlos Alcaraz passes Novak Djokovic but will never catch Rafael Nadal!

Carlos Alcaraz stands on 26 Masters 1000 wins as a teenager, two more than Novak Djokovic

by Jovica Ilic
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Carlos Alcaraz passes Novak Djokovic but will never catch Rafael Nadal!

Carlos Alcaraz kicked off the season with 22 Masters 1000 wins under his belt. The Spaniard has scored three triumphs in Indian Wells to reach the semi-final and improve his tally to 26. Thus, Carlos left Novak Djokovic on 23 Masters 1000 victories as a teenager and passed Denis Shapovalov and Andy Roddick.

Carlos should beat Andrei Medvedev's 27 wins this month, with Monte Carlo being his last Masters 1000 event before turning 20. While he should grab second place on the list, Alcaraz will never match Rafael Nadal's incredible achievement of surreal 53 Masters 1000 victories as a teenager, the record that should stand for good!

Carlos earned his first Masters 1000 victory at home in Madrid in May 2021, becoming the youngest player with a win at that event. The young Spaniard added two more in Paris at the end of the season before embracing an incredible run in 2022.

Carlos was 19-5 at the Masters 1000 level last year, reaching five quarter-finals, one semi-final and lifting two trophies! Alcaraz conquered Miami and Madrid to become a rare U19 player with multiple Masters 1000 crowns.

He finished the year with 22 Masters 1000 wins and passed Novak Djokovic with a strong start at this year's campaign in Indian Wells. The top seed beat Thanasi Kokkinakis 6-3, 6-3 in the second round before ousting Tallon Griekspoor for a place in the last 16.

Jack Draper retired in under an hour, and Carlos set the quarter-final duel with Felix Auger-Aliassime. Seeking his first victory against the Canadian, Carlos scored a 6-4, 6-4 triumph in two hours for a place in the semi-final and his 26th Masters 1000 victory.

The Spaniard played better behind the first and second serve. He defended three out of four break points and kept the pressure on the other side. The Canadian gave his best to stay in touch, although he failed to win at least a set after getting broken three times.

Carlos fired 26 winners and 16 unforced errors, and Felix could not follow those numbers.

Carlos Alcaraz is the third player with 26 Masters 1000 wins as a teenager.

Auger-Aliassime struggled in the mid-range exchanges and ended his run in the quarter-final.

The Spaniard pushed strong on the return in game five and seized the fifth break point with a mighty forehand crosscourt to grab a break and open a 3-2 gap. World no. 2 fired a service winner in the sixth game to cement the advantage and repeated that in game eight for 5-3.

Felix grabbed the ninth game with a service winner, and Carlos sprayed a backhand error in the next one to face a break point. Alcaraz stayed calm and denied it with a forced error before firing a forehand down the line winner for 6-4 in 62 minutes.

The Canadian sprayed a backhand error at the start of the second set to experience a break. The Spaniard could not cement it, hitting a forehand long in the second game to suffer a break and bring the rival back to 1-1. Felix saved two break points in the third game, and they both served well in the next five games to stay neck and neck.

Carlos converted the third break chance at 4-4 after Felix's loose backhand to open the lead and serve for the victory. The Spaniard held at 15 in the tenth game with a forehand winner to book a place in the semi-final against Jannik Sinner.

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