Rising Star Carlos Alcaraz Meets Football Legend Leo Messi in Paris
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A day after winning his fourth Masters 1000 title at the Madrid Masters, Carlos Alcaraz is in Paris. The 20-year-old star will attend tonight's Laureus ceremony, standing in contention for the 2023 Laureus World Breakthrough of the Year Award.
Carlos met football legend Leo Messi in Paris ahead of his potential first out of many Laureus honors. Alcaraz had an incredible run in 2022, starting the season from outside the top-30 and finishing as the youngest year-end no.
1 in ATP history! Carlos claimed his first Major trophy at the US Open, becoming the first teenager with a Major crown since Rafael Nadal in 2005. The Spaniard embraced 20 weeks on the ATP throne before Novak Djokovic passed him after this year's Australian Open.
The youngster made impressive progress through the list in the past three years. He wished to wrap up the previous season in the top-15 and achieved much more instead. The Spaniard suffered a tight loss to Matteo Berrettini at the Australian Open before conquering his first ATP 500 crown in Rio de Janeiro as the youngest winner on that level since 2009.
Carlos Alcaraz met Leo Messi ahead of the 2023 Laureus Awards ceremony.
The young gun pushed Rafael Nadal to the limits in the Indian Wells semi-final before losing after over three hours. Carlos went further in Miami and became the third-youngest Masters 1000 champion after Michael Chang and Rafael Nadal!
Alcaraz did not have to wait to lift another notable trophy, conquering Barcelona at the end of April for back-to-back ATP 500 titles. He cracked the top-10 with those points and joined the elite players who have achieved that before turning 19.
Not stopping there, the youngster lifted another Masters 1000 shield in front of the home fans in Madrid, beating Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Alexander Zverev within three days! Carlos became the world no. 1 contender and added more valuable points with the Roland Garros quarter-final.
Alcaraz lost back-to-back ATP finals on clay in July and came to the US Open as world no. 4. He saved a match point in the quarter-final thriller against Jannik Sinner to extend his journey. Carlos overpowered Frances Tiafoe in the semi-final and advanced to his first Major final.
Alcaraz fought for the ATP throne and a Major title against Casper Ruud and scored a 6-4, 2-6, 7-6, 6-3 victory in three hours and 20 minutes. After this incredible success, the Spaniard slowed down a bit, resting his body and hoping for a good run in Basel and Paris.
Carlos lost to Felix Auger-Aliassime in the Basel semi-final and reached the quarter-final in Paris. He injured his left abdominal wall against his coeval Holger Rune and retired in the second set's closing stages. After further checks, Alcaraz revealed an abdominal muscle injury that sidelined the youngest world no.
1 from the ATP Finals and the Davis Cup Finals. Carlos injured his leg while preparing for the season's first Major in Melbourne. He skipped it and lost the ATP throne to Novak Djokovic. Alcaraz returned to action in February and claimed four ATP titles, including two Masters 1000 events.
Carlos leads the ATP Race ahead of the Rome Masters, where he is one of the favorites alongside Novak Djokovic and Stefanos Tsitsipas.