Carlos Alcaraz is like Rafael Nadal: what a record!

Both made 5 finals in ATP 500 tournaments before turning 20

by Lorenzo Ciotti
Carlos Alcaraz is like Rafael Nadal: what a record!

Carlos Alcaraz is pointed out by many as the heir of the Big Three and specifically the heir, especially as regards nationality, of his Spanish countryman Rafael Nadal. The data and records of the 19-year-old tennis player number 2 in the ATP ranking are incredibles.

Alcaraz continues to grind records, the latest arrived this week. This week the Spanish tennis player reached the final in the ATP 500 tournament in Barcelona. Alcaraz and Nadal share an extraordinary record and that shows their phenomenal numbers.

Both made 5 finals in ATP 500 tournaments before turning 20. Nadal did it in the years 2005-2006, respectively with the tournaments in Acapulco, Barcelona, Stuttgart, Dubai and Barcelona again. Thanks to this week's result Alcaraz reached Rafa: between 2022 and 2023, the young Spanish player made 5 finals in 5 ATP 500 tournaments: twice in Rio de Janeiro and twice in Barcelona (like Rafa), while the other time was in the ATP 500 Hamburg.

Alcaraz already has impressive records and data

Impressive numbers for Alcaraz who, after a difficult start to the season due to injuries, has found the best form possible and is without one of the absolute protagonists.

The Murciano is working to better prepare for the next important tournaments, namely Madrid, the Italian Open in Rome and especially Roland Garros, the second Grand Slam of the year. Carlos is currently number two in the world, but he has already been number one and has won a Grand Slam title (Us Open 2022) and several Masters 1000.

Alcaraz's precocity records are extraordinary and perhaps only Nadal, in certain things, managed to do better. The decline of the Big Three remaining in recent times has appeared evident and only Novak Djokovic alternates great performances with a few defeats too many, like we have already seen what happened at the Banja Luka against countryman Dusan Lajovic.

Meanwhile, Alcaraz played the final in Barcelona, in which he beat the Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas, in a match won in straight sets by the young Spanish star, with the final score of 6-3 6-4. Now the Spaniard leads 4-0 in the head-to-head against the Greek player.

Carlos Alcaraz Rafael Nadal