Carlos Alcaraz: A Historic Year of Triumphs and Laureus Recognition
by JOVICA ILIC | VIEW 5120
Carlos Alcaraz had an impressive 2022 campaign, winning a Major title and becoming the youngest world no. 1 in ATP history! Carlos claimed the Madrid Masters title on Sunday and traveled to Paris on Monday. The young gun received the 2023 Laureus World Breakthrough of the Year Award for his incredible results in the previous year.
Emma Raducanu claimed the award in 2022, and Carlos will keep it in our sport for another season. Thus, the young Spaniard followed Rafael Nadal's steps, with a 22-time Major winner securing this award in 2006! Alcaraz had an incredible run in the season behind us, starting 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 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 is the 2023 Laureus World Breakthrough of the Year Award winner.
The young gun lost to Rafael Nadal in Indian Wells after over three hours before conquering his first Masters 1000 title in Miami two weeks later.
Alcaraz became the third-youngest Masters 1000 champion after Michael Chang and Rafael Nadal! Hungry for more Carlos, conquered Barcelona at the end of April and cracked the top-10 before his 19th birthday. Not stopping there, the youngster lifted another Masters 1000 shield in front of the home fans in Madrid.
Alcaraz toppled Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Alexander Zverev within three days in Caja Magica to extend his fantastic season! 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 and gained a boost. Carlos ousted Frances Tiafoe in the semi-final and advanced to his first Major final at 19.
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 to enter history books. 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 him from the ATP Finals and the Davis Cup Finals.
Despite that, the Spaniard did enough to finish the season as the youngest year-end no. 1 player and collect many awards and records.