Carlos Alcaraz, the Spanish tennis player who made the decisive leap in this last part of the season, conquering the full tally thanks to just one match, became number one after the US Open, and is still the leader of the men’s ranking.
With the final victory at the US Open, he won his first Grand Slam title and obtained the first position in the ranking. The youngest number one in the world, after returning to Paris-Bercy, finished the year in France; due to injury, in fact, he had to give up the ATP Finals, where he was rewarded for having finished the year as number one.
A top of the ranking that Carlos Alcaraz won’t give up so easily. Indeed, the Spaniard will arrive at the Australian Open as world number one, despite the presence of Rafael Nadal at the United Cup. In the latter competition, the 22-time Grand Slam champion can earn a maximum of 500 points, should he progress to final victory.
However, the two countrymen are separated by 800 points: so, Alcaraz will keep the position until the next stage, the Australian Open. In fact, even the points that Nadal could win in a 250 tournament in the week before Melbourne would be superfluous.
Carlos Alcaraz could confirm a great data
Considering this scenario, Carlos Alcaraz would lead to 19 total weeks at the top of the ranking. Thus, he makes the overtaking of his predecessor Daniil Medvedev definitive: the Russian stopped at 16 total weeks.
The Spaniard becomes the 17th tennis player by number of weeks as number one in the world. The list of those who have accumulated more time than him in that position is long, while fewer are the tennis players who have set fewer weeks as leader of the world rankings.
Marat Safin stopped at 9 weeks; while John Newcombe and Juan C. Ferrero at 8. Six weeks at the top for Thomas Muster, Marcelo Ríos and Yevgeny Kafelnikov. Two for Carlos Moyà, while Rafter reaches an all-time low: just one week as world number one. source: Pic by Getty
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