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    What Carlos Alcaraz Did Faster Than All 27 World No. 1s | ATP Tour

    Carlos Alcaraz’s meteoric rise has taken the tennis world by storm. The 18-year-old Spaniard lately grew to become the youngest Miami Open introduced by Itau champion in match historical past and this week in Barcelona the World No. 11 has the prospect to crack the Prime 10 of the ATP Rankings for the primary time.

    Spectacular as that’s, Alcaraz has additionally set a brand new milestone that has gone below the radar. When the reigning Intesa Sanpaolo Subsequent Gen ATP Finals champion earned his fiftieth tour-level win within the Miami semi-finals, he had simply 20 losses. In keeping with the Infosys ATP Win/Loss Index, that’s a sooner clip than the 27 gamers to succeed in World No. 1.

    “He clearly began enjoying younger, however so did so many others and he’s performed loads of tournaments and matches already. The best factor concerning the stats and the computer systems is that they don’t lie,” former World No. 4 Brad Gilbert informed ATPTour.com. “Whether or not or not he will get to what a few of these different lofty individuals who have been on there’s but to be seen. However it’s an incredible begin.”

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    Gilbert coached Andy Roddick, the previous World No. 1 who got here closest to Alcaraz’s mark at 50 wins (50-22). 5 former World No. 1s — Jimmy Connors, Juan Carlos Ferrero (Alcaraz’s coach), John McEnroe, Ilie Nastase and John Newcombe — have been 50-23. Newcombe additionally performed in pre-Open Period matches, for which the ATP doesn’t have full information.

    However such a fast begin is just not a assure Alcaraz will attain World No. 1, and never all gamers who’ve climbed to the highest have loved a very good begin to their tour-level profession. Roger Federer was 50-47, but he has held World No. 1 longer than anybody in historical past besides Novak Djokovic.

    “Fed performed loads at a younger age, however the factor was he improved his serve, he improved his backhand. He did issues whereas he was nonetheless enjoying [at tour-level] versus enjoying Challengers, so he took some losses,” Gilbert mentioned. “However the massive factor about him is he made massive leaps. Typically you get too good at a younger age and also you don’t make these adjustments in your recreation since you’re profitable a lot.”

    That isn’t to say Alcaraz has any explicit holes in his recreation, however the street is simply starting for the Spaniard. Now 51-21 after profitable the Miami title and dropping in his opener on the Rolex Monte-Carlo Masters, he’ll look to take care of his good kind on the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell in entrance of his house followers.

    “It’ll be enjoyable to observe the following few years,” Gilbert mentioned. “However the greatness of tennis is that nothing is assured.”

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