Carlos Alcaraz's 2022 has been fantastic so far. The young eighteen year old continues to grind records and despite his young age he is now one of the most interesting tennis players on the circuit; this season Carlos won the tournaments in Miami and recently in Barcelona and entered the world Top Ten a few days ago.
In a few days Alcaraz will turn 19 and is now one of the most feared players on the circuit. The young Iberian talent attended a performance in Greece this morning and is preparing himself for the next tournaments. Juan Carlos Ferrero's pupil climbed the rankings prematurely compared to forecasts, he himself spoke of Top 15 as a goal at the end of the year and instead his current ninth position seems only a springboard towards even better results.
What is surprising is that thinking of the Big Three, the three strongest athletes of the last twenty years and probably of history, only his idol Nadal has done better than Carlos while Alcaraz has achieved much better results than the current number one in the world Novak Djokovic and Swiss tennis legend Roger Federer.
Months ago we were all amazed by the growth of Italian tennis star Jannik Sinner (who is achieving excellent results so far) but Carlos is doing even better and entered the Top Ten before turning 19.
Alcaraz clearly better than Federer
World number two Daniil Medvedev has a quite particular history.
He is now a Grand Slam champion and he was number one, but at the age of 19 he was number 656 in the world and he was a long way from the tennis that he counts. World number one Novak Djokovic was doing better but at 19 he was out of the Top 50.
Looking at the last 20 number ones in the world Alcaraz has better numbers than almost anyone and at 19 only three players had a better ranking than the Iberian : his idol Rafael Nadal, Andrè Agassi and Boris Becker, who, at 19, was even number two in the world.
There were very few tennis players (later legends of the circuit) who exploded at this young age, Roger Federer himself was 'only' 39 in the world and even before the age of 21 he had never entered the world Top Ten. What numbers for Carlos who hopes to follow his idols.