Carlos Alcaraz’s 2022 was incredible and the nineteen year old athlete from Murcia is right now on the top of the world. At the beginning of the season, many thought that Carlos could climb the stages, but no one thought up to this point.
In this 2022 Carlos first won his first ATP 500 and Masters 1000 tournaments and then won his first Grand Slam tournament in New York, the US Open 2022. Thanks to this result, Carlos became the youngest world number one. always and many inconvenience many comparisons.
Alcaraz has considerable numbers and large margins for improvement and many think that the tennis world has already found the main heir to the Big Three. It must be said that Rafa Nadal’s physical problems and the situation linked to the choice not to get vaccinated for Novak Djokovic’s Covid helped to achieve this result.
Carlos is only 19 years old but has already been at the top of the ATP rankings for six weeks, numbers similar to those radiant from former numbers one of the past such as Marcelo Rios or Yevgeny Kafelnikov. Alcaraz has already done better than tennis players like Carlos Moya and Patrick Rafter and now Alcaraz could catch up and overtake his coach Juan Carlos Ferrero and John Newcombe.
Former Spanish tennis player Carla Suarez Navarro recently spoke about compatriots Carlos Alcaraz and Rafael Nadal, number one and number two in the world. Carla talked about her young compatriot, using beautiful words for her: “The young players are coming to the circuit and it is fortunate that we have Carlitos Alcaraz, we will have fun with him and I think he will achieve many successes in the future.
He can be the real replacement for Rafa Nadal because Rafa is still there but we all know it’s in the last years of his career. Alcaraz is a very complete tennis player at his age, one thinks that at 19 you can still improve a lot but already now Carlos is complete in tennis, physically and mentally.”
Carlos Alcaraz shone in 2022
Holger Rune recently spoke about his and Carlos Alcaraz’s use of drop shots during the ongoing Stockholm Open. “Yeah, not really. We haven’t talked about it but yeah, I mean, I played him tons of times in juniors and we always did drop shots against each other, so I think it’s something that we’ve always done,” he said.
“And yeah, I mean, now we, I mean, he learned obviously to put them in the right way, because he has big shots and you know, he can mix it up,” he noted. “Because that’s also what I was trying to do today, because every time I was lining a forefront he (Cameron Norrie) is automatically going a bit on the heels, and if you can mix it up and drop it short sometimes, it makes him keep guessing all the time. So, it’s definitely a nice thing to do once a while,” he said.