Alcaraz broke into the top 5! The Spanish prodigy will fight for the 5th title of the season
19-year-old Carlos became the youngest player in the top five since Nadal in 2005.
Spanish prodigy Carlos Alcaras will fight in Hamburg for his 5th title of the season. Thanks to reaching the decisive match of this German tournament, he broke into the top 5 of the ATP rankings.
The ATP-500 tournament in Hamburg is the most representative and prestigious competition on clay in the short stretch between Wimbledon and the American hard season. Initially, there were three Russians in the grid – Andrey Rublev (2nd seed), Karen Khachanov (7) and Aslan Karatsev. Andrey lost in the 2nd round to the champion of Bostad – the Argentinean Francisco Cerundolo. He also lost in the 1/4 finals and Karatsev. But Khachanov could not do anything in the quarterfinals with the Spanish prodigy Carlos Alcaras, and he managed to take only 2 games from his opponent in a match.
Rublev lost his nerve – he grabbed the judge on the tower! There will be no Russian quarter-final
The main attention of tennis fans and experts this week was riveted, first of all, to the 19-year-old Carlos Alcaraz. He has already accustomed everyone to the fact that he constantly updates one record after another. So at the tournament in Hamburg, where he was seeded at number 1, it was known in advance that reaching the final would allow Carlos to become the youngest tennis player in the top 5 ATP rankings since Nadal in 2005 next Monday. Before the start of the tournament in Hamburg, Alcaraz was asked about his chances of getting into the top 3, to which the young Spaniard replied: “That would be a good goal. But now I’m not thinking about the top 3, but about getting into the ATP Finals in Turin at the end of the season. Rating is not the most important thing for me now, even though I fight to win matches and tournaments. And that will allow me to continue my ascent.”
The path of Alcaraz at the tournament in Hamburg was not strewn with roses. At the start, he beat compatriot Nicola Kun, making a comeback from a score of 0:1 in sets and putting the squeeze on his opponent only in the tie-break of the 3rd set. Carlos had to endure another tie-break in the 2nd round match with Serb Filip Krajinovic. But the Spaniard turned out to be quite successful in the quarterfinals with Khachanov, which he happily announced after the match: “I played incredibly today. I think this is one of my best matches this year. I am very pleased with how I play in this tournament. Yesterday was amazing too. I train every day to be persistent and at the same time aggressive. This is my game.”
In the fight for a place in the final, Carlos fought with the Slovak left-hander Alex Molcan, who is coached by former tennis player Karol Beck, and more recently by Marian Vajda, who worked with Novak Djokovic for many years before. Previously, Molchan and Alcaraz did not play each other. The first set turned out to be stubborn – Carlos was the first to get to the break in the 6th game – 4:2, but the Slovak did not give up – he immediately achieved a reverse break, then the tennis players once again exchanged other people’s serves, and in the 10th game Alex escaped with two set points – 5:5. In the tie-break, Alcaraz confidently outplayed the opponent – 7:6 (7:2), and in the second game the Spaniard was already unstoppable – 6:1.
So Carlos Alcaraz reached his fifth final of the season, where he will fight with the Italian Musetti. Recall that the young Spaniard has not yet lost decisive matches in his career. This year he has already won titles at the ATP-500 tournaments in Rio and Barcelona, as well as the Masters in Miami and Madrid. But no matter how the final on Sunday ends, on Monday Alcaraz will become the 5th racket of the world for the first time and will oust Norwegian Kasper Ruud from the top five, who is now trying to defend last year’s title at the parallel tournament in Gstaad. Now Carlos is 19 years and 2 months old. Before him, at such a young age, Rafael Nadal last made his way into the top 5 of the ATP rankings in 2005.