Carlos Alcaraz reached a remarkable milestone at the Australian Open, marking his 200th ATP match with an awe-inspiring 157-43 record. Carlos' consistent performance sets a benchmark that promises to stand as a testament to his extraordinary talent in the years to come.
In a dazzling display of prowess, Alcaraz not only raised the bar for emerging talents but also left the legendary figures of Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer trailing in his wake. At the 200-match mark, Novak held a 144-56 record, while Roger lagged with a less impressive 124-76 ratio, underscoring Alcaraz's early dominance.
Carlos burst onto the ATP scene in February 2020, making his debut at the Rio ATP 500 event at the tender age of 16. In a captivating three-hour and 37-minute battle, he triumphed over fellow Spaniard Albert Ramos-Vinolas in a deciding tie break, announcing his arrival to the tennis world with a display of rich talent.
Alcaraz's meteoric rise continued in 2021, surpassing over 100 competitors on the ATP ranking list.
Securing his first ATP title in Umag and notching up 32 wins on the Tour, Carlos concluded the year just shy of the top-30, gathering a boost ahead of 2022.
That season witnessed Alcaraz's historic run, amassing a remarkable 57-13 record at 19! A teenager clinched two Masters 1000 titles in Miami and Madrid, culminating in a breakthrough moment with his first Major trophy at the US Open.
Accumulating 2000 ATP points, Alcaraz ascended to the ATP throne, becoming the youngest world no. 1 at just 19 years and four months. Holding onto this coveted position throughout the season, he etched his name in history as the only teenager to finish as the year-end no.
1 player. The momentum continued into 2023, as Carlos accelerated to 65 wins, approaching his 200th ATP match. Alcaraz participated in an impressive 77 encounters during the season he turned 20, a feat achieved by only a select few young guns in the Open era.
The Spaniard kicked off the season with the Buenos Aires title.
Carlos Alcaraz played his 200th ATP match at the Australian Open.
He conquered Indian Wells, Barcelona and Madrid, battling with Novak Djokovic for the ATP throne and losing the Roland Garros semi-final to the Serb.
Despite his inexperience, Carlos beat all the rivals at Queen's and Wimbledon, adding his second Major title to his already impressive tally at 20. Carlos failed to defend his US Open title, falling to Daniil Medvedev in the semi-final and wrapping up the year with the ATP Finals semi-final, ending the season ranked 2nd behind Djokovic.
Alcaraz did not play any pre-Australian Open events, starting the season in Melbourne and embracing his milestone 200th ATP match in the second round. Carlos kicked off the season's first Major with a win over Richard Gasquet, prevailing in the opener and leaving the veteran behind in sets two and three.
Alcaraz's milestone 200th ATP match came against Lorenzo Sonego, and the Spaniard prevailed 6-4, 6-7, 6-3, 7-6 in three hours and 25 minutes, notching his 157th win. The 2nd seed had to dig deep against a dangerous rival, staying focused and avoiding a decider.
The young gun clinched 22 points more than the Italian, losing serve once in his lone troubled service game after an efficient performance behind the first and second serve. Carlos fired 43 winners and 34 unforced errors, liking his performance in the tournament's early stage.
Lorenzo fought well, losing serve three times and challenging world no. 2 in two sets before hitting the exit door. They kept the rallies short and entertained the crowd with spectacular winners. Alcaraz served well in the third set and kept his focus in the tie break of the fourth, moving into the third round.
The Spaniard did not have to work hard in his 201st ATP match, with Juncheng Shang retiring after trailing 6-1, 6-1, 1-0. The young Chinese played with a troubled right thigh, struggling to move and terminating his resistance in the second game of the third set.
Carlos reached his first Australian Open quarter-final with a rock-solid 6-4, 6-4, 6-0 triumph over Miomir Kecmanovic in an hour and 49 minutes at Rod Laver Arena.
The 20-year-old served at 68% and kept his rival away from break chances after dropping 16 points behind the initial shot. Alcaraz felt the ball nicely, landing 43 winners and 19 unforced errors and raising the bar too high for the Serb to follow.
Miomir fought well in the opening two sets, getting broken once in each to find himself miles behind. Alcaraz took charge in the third set, breaking his rival three times and serving for the victory at 5-0. The Spaniard earned a match point with a crafty drop shot winner and emerged at the top with a powerful serve, moving over the top and setting the clash against Alexander Zverev, seeking a place in his first Australian Open semi-final.
Carlos' journey, from a triumphant debut to making history as a teenage world no. 1, reflects a trajectory that promises many more chapters of brilliance in the years to come.