Guest in the latest edition of the Court-Side with Beilinson Tennis podcast, American journalist Steve Flink analyzed in detail the prospects of Carlos Alcaraz. The great revelation of this start of the season responds to the name of Carlos Alcaraz.
The very young Spaniard, who had already shown flashes of enormous talent last year, literally blew the bank in these first months of 2022. Juan Carlos Ferrero's protégé has posted two Masters 1000s, Miami and Madrid, and two ATP 500s, Rio and Barcelona, so much so that he has been designated as the future ruler of men's tennis.
The 19-year-old from Murcia drove the Madrid crowd crazy, beating in sequence his idol Rafael Nadal, number 1 ATP Novak Djokovic and defending champion Alexander Zverev. Carlos has decided to skip the Italian Open 2022 to recharge his batteries in view of the Roland Garros, where he will be one of the very first favorites.
The main opponents of the Iberian in Paris will be Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Alexander Zverev and Stefanos Tsitsipas.
Steve Flink: "Carlos Alcaraz will become No1 by the end of 2022"
Flink said: "I would be very surprised if Carlos Alcaraz didn't finish the season at least in the top five of the ATP rankings.
To tell the truth, I think he has a concrete chance of finishing the year at number 1. Despite his very young age, he has already done extraordinary things. He has conquered Miami and Madrid, without forgetting his triumph in Barcelona.
I believe he will become number 1 by the end of 2022 because he will play more than Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal. Nole has missed the Australian Open and has many points to defend between now and the end of the season, while Rafa is often stopped due to injury.
He will opt for a shorter schedule in order to preserve his physique. Then there is Daniil Medvedev, who will not have the chance to play Wimbledon. Furthermore, his performance on earth is not exceptional. Alexander Zverev continues to have many ups and downs, while Stefanos Tsitsipas often stops in the semifinals or in the final. Alcaraz is fantastic on all surfaces."