After winning the US Open, the young Carlos Alcaraz, 19, became the youngest number 1 in the world. The Spaniard still hasn’t found his rhythm after ascending to the ATP throne, losing two of three matches and hoping for a better run in Basel.

Carlos played in his first ATP tournament as world number 1 in Astana and suffered a 7-5 6-3 loss to a lucky loser, David Goffin, in one hour and 46 minutes. Thus, Carlos became the first player since Lleyton Hewitt at the 2002 Australian Open who lost the first match in the ATP tournaments as world number 1.

Hewitt remained in the top-10 throughout 2001 and claimed the Masters Cup to take the ATP throne, being the youngest player in that group before Alcaraz overtook him. Lleyton was the top seed at the 2002 Australian Open, hoping to make a strong showing to home fans.

Instead, the Australian fell to Alberto Martín 1-6, 6-1, 6-4, 7-6 in three hours and 33 minutes. Lleyton had physical problems in the previous weeks, and would not have played the event if he was not a Major. The Australian started strong but knew it would be a tough day at the office for him.

The Spaniard recovered in the second set and took command in the third to move closer to the finish. Lleyton was twice ahead in the fourth set before Alberto leveled the score at 4-4. Hewitt led 3-0 in the tie break before dropping five of the next six points.

The local star made two backhand errors at 4-5 to find the starting gate. More than 20 years later, Alcaraz lost in the first round in his first ATP tournament as world No. 1.

Carlos Alcaraz won the 2022 US Open

Carlos Alcaraz lost his first tour-level match since becoming the World No.

1. Speaking at his post-match press conference, Alcaraz praised Goffin and said that he could not handle the pressure the Belgian put on him. “It was a tough game. David played wonderfully. Returning to the competition is never easy, he has already played two games on this court, which is not the easiest to get used to.

It is very slow and it has been complicated. I was able to adapt and he was superior,” the 19-year-old was quoted as saying by MARCA. “He played very aggressively and I couldn’t handle the pressure he put on me. It’s something I have to learn from, I have to take note of the lessons from this game,” he added.

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