Carlos Alcaraz is ready to come back to clay-courts after a short break on grass. The Spanish player had to leave the first part of the clay court and show up for one of the third surface preparatory tournaments of the season, the Queen's.
However, due to an elbow problem, the Spaniard number two had to give up and chose to go directly to Wimbledon: in the third Grand Slam title, the young Spaniard did not go beyond the second round, defeated by Daniil Medvedev.
This season, however, he crossed the finish line in the fourth round, but this time he was defeated by another young player on the circuit, Jannik Sinner. After the short season on grass, before landing on US hard courts, Carlos Alcaraz will make a stop once again on clay, in particular that of Hamburg.
The Spaniard leads the draw as the first seed: he is the great candidate for the final victory of the tournament. This triumph, however, has a double meaning: not only yet another trophy on the showcase, but also another big step in the ranking.
Alcaraz in the Top 4?
Should he win the German tournament, Carlos Alcaraz would climb the ATP ranking and become the new number four in the world, bypassing Stefanos Tsitsipas and Casper Ruud. The Spaniard, therefore, would get a new position, as well as his best career ranking.
The young winner of the Masters 1000 would reach this milestone at 19 years and 2 months: he would be the youngest player to achieve this milestone after Rafael Nadal in 2005. To cross this milestone, however, Carlos Alcaraz has a series of obstacles to overcome: first of all, overcome the first round of the ATP 500 in Hamburg against the wildcard of the tournament, the German Nicola Kuhn.
In the part of the top 5 player's scoreboard there is also Fabio Fognini, who will have to overcome the first round against Bedene and the second against the winner between Khachanov and Struff to get to face Alcaraz again, after the last clash in Rio de Janeiro; in that confrontation, the younger of the two in two sets prevailed.
En cas de titre au 500 d'Hambourg la semaine prochaine, Carlos Alcaraz dépassera Ruud/Tsitsipas et deviendra le nouveau n°4 mondial. 💎
À 19 ans et ~2mois, il peut être le plus jeune joueur à entrer dans le TOP 4 depuis Rafael Nadal en 2005.