Carlos Alcaraz's Top-2 Dynasty: 74 Weeks of Tennis Supremacy

Carlos Alcaraz has been ranked in the top-2 since September 2022

by Jovica Ilic
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Carlos Alcaraz's Top-2 Dynasty: 74 Weeks of Tennis Supremacy
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Carlos Alcaraz is spending his consecutive 74th week in the top-2. The Spaniard survived in the elite group despite the quarter-final loss at the Australian Open, keeping Daniil Medvedev and Jannik Sinner behind. The 20-year-old is the 12th player since the start of the ATP ranking in 1973 with 74 straight top-2 weeks on his tally, joining the most notable names in the Open era.

Carlos passed Gustavo Kuerten, leaving a charismatic Brazilian on 73 and chasing Lleyton Hewitt's 87. Ten players have managed to achieve 100 consecutive weeks in the top-2, and Alcaraz will have to work hard in the upcoming months to remain on that path, having many points to defend in February and March.

Carlos Alcaraz, Australian Open 2024© Julian Finney / Staff - Getty Images Sport

Carlos Alcaraz is enjoying his 74th consecutive week in the top-2.

Carlos cracked the top-2 following his first Major success in New York in September 2022, becoming the first teenager with a Major title since Rafael Nadal in 2005!

The Spaniard ousted three rivals in five sets en route to the final and ousted Casper Ruud to take the ATP throne as the youngest player in ATP history. Alcaraz wrote history books, standing as the fourth-youngest top-2 player after Boris Becker, Bjorn Borg and Rafael Nadal.

Carlos slowed down for the rest of the season, reaching the Basel semi-final and the Paris Masters quarter-final before missing the ATP Finals and the Davis Cup Finals due to an injury. However, Alcaraz did enough to keep Rafael Nadal behind and wrap up the season as the year-end no.

1 player, becoming the first teenager with that honor. Alcaraz was among the players to beat in 2023, spending an entire year in the top-2 at 20 as the first player since Rafael Nadal in 2006! Carlos battled with Novak Djokovic for the ATP throne, losing ground in the closing stages and finishing as world no.

2. Alcaraz kicked off the 2024 season at the Australian Open, hoping for a good run after missing the first Major of the season last year. The Spaniard defeated Richard Gasquet, Lorenzo Sonego, Juncheng Shang and Miomir Kecmanovic en route to the quarter-final, completing the last eight appearance at all four Majors at 20.

Carlos Alcaraz, Australian Open 2024© Julian Finney / Staff - Getty Images Sport

Carlos battled for a place in the semi-final against Alexander Zverev and experienced a 6-1, 6-3, 6-7, 6-4 defeat in three hours and five minutes.

Alcaraz made a terrible start, losing the opening two sets and trailing 5-2 in the third. The young gun performed an incredible comeback, pulling a break back and winning the tie break to extend his chances. However, Zverev grabbed a late break in the fourth set, sealing the deal and sending Alcaraz packing.

The Spaniard will defend his Buenos Aires title next week before competing in Rio de Janeiro, collecting 550 ATP points at these events in 2023.

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