For years, Rafael Nadal was the only player with 30 Masters 1000 victories as a teenager. That changed in Miami, with Carlos Alcaraz joining his compatriot on the exclusive list! Carlos scored his 30th Masters 1000 triumph against Dusan Lajovic in the Miami Open third round to follow Rafa's record, although he will never catch the legend's 53 wins.
Alcaraz kicked off the season with 22 Masters 1000 triumphs under his belt. Carlos earned his first Masters 1000 victory at home in Madrid in May 2021, becoming the youngest player with a win at that event and passing Rafa.
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.
Carlos Alcaraz is the second player with 30 Masters 1000 wins as a teenager.
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.
Carlos delivered six straight-sets triumphs in the desert to lift the third Masters 1000 crown, becoming the second player to achieve that after Rafa. Also, Alcaraz stood on 28 Masters 1000 wins ahead of Miami, looking good to secure the 30-win mark and achieving that by beating Facundo Bagnis and Dusan Lajovic.
The defending champion scored a 6-0, 7-6 victory in an hour and 31 minutes to secure the milestone. Alcaraz moved 6-0, 5-3 in front after 67 minutes before Lajovic bounced back to reach the second set's tie break and extend his chances.
The young gun stayed calm and claimed it 7-5 to emerge at the top. Carlos and Dusan met for the third time in a month and a half, with the Spaniard taking all six sets. Alcaraz fired 27 winners and 26 unforced errors and reduced Lajovic to eight winners.
The young gun served at 75% and saved two out of three break points. He stole half of the return points and turned them into four breaks from five opportunities, controlling the pace before losing ground a bit in the last 20 minutes.
A teenager had the upper hand in the shortest and most advanced exchanges to emerge at the top and set the fourth-round clash against Tommy Paul, seeking his Masters 1000 win number 31.
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