'Carlos Alcaraz's showing it', says top coach

Carlos Alcaraz has won three Slams in his career

by Simone Brugnoli
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'Carlos Alcaraz's showing it', says top coach
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The youngest number one in history - a milestone reached in 2022 after his triumph at the US Open - and, now, the youngest player to win at least one Slam on all playing surfaces. Carlos Alcaraz has no intention of waiting for anyone and, thanks to his success at Roland Garros, he has set another incredible record for precocity.

Carlos Alcaraz, Roland Garros 2024
Carlos Alcaraz, Roland Garros 2024© Tim Goode / Stringer - Getty Images Sport
 

The Spaniard showed great mental strength both in the semifinal against Jannik Sinner and in the final with Alexander Zverev. Despite not consistently playing his best tennis, Alcaraz found a way to win both matches and leave Paris with the Musketeers' Cup he had dreamed of since his first international tournament played right under the Eiffel Tower at the age of 12.

The challenges with Sinner and Zverev were resolved in the fifth set, which Alcaraz once again brought to his side. There are eleven victories in the deciding set in a Slam out of twelve matches: the only defeat in five sets came in 2022 at the Australian Open against Matteo Berrettini. In a recent interview with Eurosport, Juan Carlos Ferrero reflected on Carlos Alcaraz’s rise.

Ferrero pays tribute to Carlos Alcaraz

"Yeah, it's amazing all the journey we've been through. It was a different goal that I maybe had with Sascha that I work a long time ago. With Carlos Alcaraz it was different because we started since the real beginning and I had the opportunity to create something from inside and as I told you he had the potential and he's showing it," Juan Carlos Ferrero said.

Carlos Alcaraz, Roland Garros 2024
Carlos Alcaraz, Roland Garros 2024© Getty Images Sport
 

Another impressive statistic emerges in the balance of head-to-head matches played by Alcaraz on the major circuit. There are only seven tennis players ahead in head-to-heads with the Spaniard, who eliminated Zverev from the list by moving to 5-5.

Novak Djokovic is ahead 3-2 on the strength of wins recorded at the Cincinnati Masters 1000 and the Nitto ATP Finals in 2023. Also part of the group is Rafael Nadal, who beat him in the first two matches and then lost at the Mutua Madrid Open in 2022.

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