The Spaniard is the ninth youngest ever in the top 10 ATP, but none of them has managed to climb more than 100 places in 12 months like him
At 18 years, 11 months and 20 days, Carlos Alcaraz bursts into the top ten for the first time in his career thanks to his success in the final against compatriot Pablo Carreno Busta in Barcelona. A 6-3 6-2 without history, as without history is the gallop that led the young Spaniard to become not only the twentieth top 10 Spaniard in the computer age, but even the ninth youngest ever after Aaron Krickstein (17 years), Michael Chang (17 years and 3 months), Boris Becker (17 years and 7 months), Mats Wilander (17 years and 10 months), Bjorn Borg (17 years and 11 months), Andre Agassi (18 years and a month), Andrei Medvedev (18 years and 9 months) and Rafael Nadal (18 years and 10 months).
A golden year
In the ranking 52 weeks ago (the ranking of April 26, 2021), Alcaraz was just number 120 in the world and this morning is number 9. In 12 months he climbed 111 places and achieved 4 successes (Umago, Rio de Janeiro, Miami and Barcelona ). There have been tennis players (see Boris Becker) who at Alcaraz’s age had already won Wimbledon twice or who were (see Borg) to win Roland Garros for the second time. However, no one among the youngest top ten has managed to climb more than 100 places in 12 months as the young Spaniard did. Rafael Nadal, at his same age (end of May 2005), had won 6 tournaments (Sopot 2004, Costa do Sauipe, Acapulco, Monte Carlo, Barcelona and Rome 2005), was n ° 5 in the world (n ° 49 twelve months earlier ) and was preparing to conquer his first of 13 Roland Garros. Andrei Medvedev, at his same age (end of August 1993), had won 5 tournaments (Genoa, Stuttgart and Bordeuax 1992, Estoril, Barcelona 1993), was n ° 8 in the world (n ° 40 twelve months earlier) and was preparing to conquer the New Haven tournament in the final on Petr Korda. Andre Agassi, at his same age (late April 1989), had won 7 tournaments (Itaparica 1987, Memphis, Charleston, Forest Hills, Stuttgart, Stratton Mountain and Livingston 1998), was n ° 4 in the world (n ° 16 twelve months earlier ) and was preparing to play the Internazionali d’Italia that he would have touched if he missed a match point in the final against Alberto Mancini. Bjorn Borg, at his same age (end of May 1975), had won 10 tournaments (Auckland, London, Sao Paulo, Rome, Paris, Bastad, Boston and Adalaide 1974, Richmond and Bologna 1975), was n ° 5 in the world (n ° 11 twelve months earlier) and was preparing to repeat the title at Roland Garros by overcoming the Argentine Guillermo Vilas in a final without history. Mats Wilander, at his same age (it was mid-August 1983), had won 8 tournaments (Roland Garros, Bastad, Geneva and Barcelona 1982, Monte Carlo, Lisbon and Aix-en-Provende 1983), was n ° 5 in the world (n ° 10 twelve months earlier) and was preparing to triumph in Cincinnati in the final over John McEnroe. Boris Becker, at his same age (mid-November 1986), had won 8 tournaments (Queen’s, Wimbledon and Cincinnati 1985, Chicago, Wimbledon, Canadian Open, Sydney and Tokyo 1986), was no.2 in the world (no.5 twelve months before) and was preparing to win the first edition of the Paris-Bercy tournament in the final on the Spaniard Sergio Casal. Michael Chang, at his same age (mid-February 1991), had won 4 tournaments (San Francisco 1988, Roland Garros and Wembley 1989, Canada Open 1990), was number 16 in the world (no.6 twelve months earlier) and would have committed another two months to return to the top. Finally Aaron Krickstein, the earliest of all of the top 10, at his same age (end of July 1986), had won 4 tournaments (Tel Aviv 1983, Boston, Tel Aviv and Geneva 1984) and was number 38 in the world (n ° 20 twelve months earlier).
The comparison for us Italians runs to what Jannik Sinner or Adriano Panatta did. Sinner, at the beginning of August 2020, had not yet won anything and was No. 73 in the frozen ATP ranking due to a pandemic. Panatta, on the other hand, at the beginning of July 1969, had made his debut at the Australian Open and at Roland Garros, losing respectively in the first round against Terry Addison and Hans Jurgen Pohmann.
The Spanish top ten: Manuel Orantes, Josè Higueras, Juan Aguilera, Emilio Sanchez, Sergi Bruguera, Carlos Costa, Alberto Berasategui, Carlos Moya, Alber Costa, Alex Corretja, Felix Mantilla, Juan Carlos Ferrero, Rafael Nadal, David Ferrer, Tommy Robredo , Fernando Verdasco, Nicolas Almagro, Pablo Carreno Busta, Roberto Bautista Agut and Carlos Alcaraz.
The tennis players who have reached the top 10 from 1973 to now. Spain, with 20 players, is the second largest nation after the United States which totaled 32 top 10 players. 2 the new top 10 of 2022. The first was the British Cameron Norrie on April 4, 2022 and the second is Carlos Alcaraz today. In 2021, the new top 10 were 4: Casper Ruud on 13 September, Hubert Hurkacz on 18 October, Jannik Sinner on 1 November and Felix Auger Aliassime on 15 November. In 2020 instead Shapovalov, Schwartzman and Rublev. 2 seasons of the last 35 years that have had at least 8 new top 10: 2006 with 8 (Ferrer, Blake, Gonzalez, Robredo, Ancic, Stepanek, Baghdatis and Berdych) and 1991 with 8 (Forger, Courier, Svensson, Bruguera , Stich, Gustafsson, Novacek and Korda).
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