ATP Carlos Alcaraz, without a doubt, is the new phenomenon of world tennis. And his win at the Masters 1000 in Miami only confirms that.
Miami is used to hurricanes, it can even happen without them, by force. Minor exception to the guy who crossed town last week. Carlos, let’s call him, is a breath of fresh air, a new wind, a rejuvenating type. Sweep the floor to remove the old dust that we no longer dare to tackle. At 18 (and 333 days), Carlos Alcaraz decided that the time had come for him to land at the top of the basket and become, Sunday night, the youngest winner of the Miami Masters 1000. In his retro? Oh, three times nothing. Only Novak Djokovic, 19 years 10 months at the time.
The promise of a great career? Certainly. For the 20 majors in the trophy cabinet, we’ll still be back later: precociousness doesn’t last long, especially in tennis. But let’s look at the advantages of Spanish talent, in numbers. With a sad observation: at the age when you pass your Bac and pass, the young man has made an outstanding CV.
Carlos Alcaraz, in numbers
14. The Spaniard is not a new player, having made his debut at the age of 14. It was at the Futures tournament in Murcia. Two wins to start the engine.
3. He won three challenger tournaments before he turned 18, a feat only achieved by four other players before him: Gasquet, Djokovic, Del Potro and Auger-Aliassime.
3. At the age of 18, Alcaraz already has three ATP titles. The first, at 250 at Umag, the second at 500 at Rio and finally, the third at Miami, at the Masters 1000. A linear progression, what.
1. In Rio, he became the youngest player to win an ATP 500 tournament.
100. Just a year ago, he entered the top 100.
11. Crackito is already at the gates of the ATP top 10, since he was 11th in the world since Monday. In the Race, he was 2nd, just behind Nadal.
2.5. Millions of dollars. The prize money. At the age of 18 years. Daronne was sheltered.
1989. By beating Stefanos Tsitsipas in the quarter-finals of the 2021 US Open, Alcaraz became the youngest player to beat a member of the world’s top 3 since Michael Chang.
5-0. The Spaniard led 5-0 in the second set against Hugo Gaston, in the last 16 at Bercy, before losing seven games in a row and losing in two sets to the Frenchman. A crisp like there will surely be more in a Spanish career. Richard Gasquet has beaten Nadal at Saint-Jean de Luz, in 2003, we know the rest.
0. He cannot beat his untimely record in any Grand Slam tournament. Michael Chang at Roland-Garros, Boris Becker at Wimbledon, Pete Sampras at the US Open and Mats Wilder at the Australian Open can sleep well.