The 20-year-old Carlos Alcaraz will not defend his year-end no. 1 crown, losing it to Novak Djokovic. Carlos has not played well in the last couple of months, dealing with injuries and losing the form he had during the spring and summer.
Alcaraz has lost the previous three matches, embracing his worst streak on the ATP Tour since March 2021. The young gun kicked off the 2021 season from inside the top-150, qualifying for the Australian Open and earning his first Major victory in Melbourne.
Carlos faced Mikael Ymer in the second round and lost in four sets after over three hours. Alcaraz received a wild at the ATP 500 event in Acapulco in March and fell to Alexander Zverev 6-3, 6-1 in an hour and 25 minutes. Alexander dominated on serve and return, breaking a teenager five times and sailing over the top.
Alcaraz earned another invitation at the Masters 1000 event in Miami, facing world no. 83 Emil Ruusuvuori in the first round.
Carlos Alcaraz is without a win since Beijing.
Carlos won the second set in a 6-4, 2-6, 7-5 loss, losing ground in the closing stages and suffering his third straight ATP loss.
Alcaraz went to Marbella and reached his first ATP semi-final, starting an incredible journey and becoming one of the world's best players in the following 12 months. Carlos kicked off the 2023 season as world no. 1, winning six titles, including Wimbledon and two Masters 1000 trophies.
The Spaniard toppled the Wimbledon king Novak Djokovic at The All England Club, securing his second Major and hoping for more in the rest of the season. Alcaraz and Djokovic met in a thrilling Cincinnati final, with the Serb prevailing and gaining momentum.
Carlos fell in the semi-final in New York and Beijing before losing to Grigor Dimitrov in the Shanghai Masters fourth round. The Spaniard made a remarkable comeback in the opener before losing ground in sets two and three.
Carlos' second loss in a row came in the Paris Masters second round, falling to a qualifier Roman Safiullin 6-3, 6-4. The Russian played better behind the second serve and delivered four breaks to control the scoreboard. With no form, Alcaraz entered his first ATP Finals and faced Alexander Zverev in the first round-robin match in the Red Group.
The German sealed the deal in two and a half hours, losing a tight opener before raising his level and leaving world no. 2 behind. Zverev defended five out of six break points and broke Alcaraz three times to control the pace in sets two and three and emerge at the top.
Carlos will face Andrey Rublev in the second round-robin match, hoping to avoid his fourth consecutive ATP loss.