Carlos Alcaraz is spending his 16th week on the ATP throne, becoming the 18th player with as many no. 1 week. Carlos matched Daniil Medvedev and moved four no. 1 week behind Mats Wilander. The Spaniard will catch the Swede on January 23 after failing to defend too many points at the Australian Open.
Alcaraz seized the ATP throne after winning his first Major at the US Open in September, staying at the top for more than three months despite a slow end to the season. The youngster made impressive progress up the ATP list in the past three years.
Carlos started the 2022 season just outside the top 30 and wanted to finish it in the top 15. Instead, Alcaraz became the best player in the world after the last Major of the season, holding his first Major title in New York and writing books on history.
The Spaniard suffered a tight loss to Matteo Berrettini at the Australian Open earlier in the season. In February, Carlos captured his first ATP 500 crown in Rio de Janeiro as the youngest winner at that level since 2009.
Carlos Alcaraz is the 18th player with 16 No. 1 weeks.
The young gun pushed Rafael Nadal to the limit in the Indian Wells semi-final before losing after more than three hours. Carlos fixed that in Miami and went on to become the third youngest Masters 1000 champion after Michael Chang and Rafael Nadal!
Alcaraz did not have to wait too long to lift another noteworthy trophy. He conquered Barcelona in late April to win back-to-back ATP 500 titles and a top-10 place at age 18. Not stopping there, the youngster hoisted another Masters 1000 trophy in front of the home fans in Madrid after impressive victories. over Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Alexander Zverev in three days!
Carlos became number one in the world. 1 contender and added more valuable points with the Roland Garros quarterfinals. Alcaraz lost back-to-back ATP clay-court finals in July and entered the US Open as the world number one. 4. He Saved a match point in the quarterfinal thriller against Jannik Sinner to stay in the title race.
Carlos edged out Frances Tiafoe in the semifinal and advanced to his first Major final at 19. Alcaraz battled for the ATP throne and a Major title against Casper Ruud and scored a 6-4, 2-6, 7-6 , 6-3 victory in three hours and 20 minutes.
After this incredible success, the Spaniard slowed down a bit and rested his body. Carlos lost to Felix Auger-Aliassime in the Basel semifinal and reached the quarterfinals in Paris. He injured his left abdominal wall against his contemporary Holger Rune, withdrew in the closing stages of the second set and headed to Spain.
Alcaraz revealed an abdominal muscle injury that kept him out of the ATP Finals and the Davis Cup Finals. Carlos is working hard on his return, hoping to play 100% at the Australian Open and seek his second straight Major title.