Albert Ramos analyzed the progression of his young countryman Carlos Alcaraz. He explained: "I know Carlos Alcaraz very well and have played against him. I never managed to beat him, but I came close to Roland Garros this year.
I also had a match point during that match. Carlos is a great player, he hits the ball very hard and is really quick. If he has no physical problems, he will be a top player for many years. The fact that Novak Djokovic has missed several tournaments has certainly helped him in his climb."
Carlos also left Justine Henin speechless, who said: "I think his rise is the best thing that could have happened. He has an extraordinary completeness for his age. He combines the talents of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic, as well as to have an impeccable behavior on the court.
Everyone expected him to win the US Open after beating Jannik Sinner in the quarterfinals. He won the best."
Carlos Alcaraz's super 2022
2022 marked the definitive explosion of Carlos Alcaraz. After showing flashes of crystal-clear talent last year, the 19-year-old Spaniard has literally taken off this season.
Juan Carlos Ferrero's protégé has won two ATP 500s (Rio and Barcelona), two Masters 1000s (Miami and Madrid) and put the icing on the cake by winning the US Open. By winning his first Grand Slam, Alcaraz also became the youngest number 1 in the history of men's tennis.
It cannot be denied that Alcaraz's rise has been facilitated by the repeated absences of Novak Djokovic. The Serbian champion played little in 2022 due to his choice not to get vaccinated against the Coronavirus. The 35-year-old from Belgrade had to miss the Australian Open and the US Open, as well as all the American Masters 1000: Indian Wells, Miami, Montreal and Cincinnati. As if that weren't enough, the failure to award points at Wimbledon plunged him into the ranking.