Carlos Alcaraz becomes youngest year-end No. 1 in men’s tennis as Rafael Nadal’s slump continues at ATP Finals
By Tom Eames |
March 7, 2018
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CARLOS ALCARAZ became the youngest year-end No. 1 in Men’s Tennis, for the second time in 2016, as Rafael Nadal’s injury woes continued. The Spaniard fell to world No. 27, after losing to John Isner at the season’s end. No. 18 seed Tommy Haas, seeded 18, defeated the rising 21-year-old Spaniard in three sets.
It was the first time Alcaraz has won the tournament since the 2008 edition, which he won without dropping a set. Alcaraz became the second Spaniard to break into the Top 5, the first being Rafael Nadal in 2006, then Rafael Nadal and Fernando González in 2009 and 2010).
In his fourth year back, Alcaraz (18-0) became the youngest man year-end No. 1 in the sport since it began in 1973.
He defeated countryman Juan Ignacio Chela in the quarterfinals, before dispatching Denis Istomin in the semi and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the final. Tsonga is the world’s No. 2.
CARLOS ALCARAZ is now in the form of his career, since he’s not been slowed down by a series of injuries as he was last season.
The No. 1 ranking became Alcaraz’s second straight year-end. However, that came after a three-year stretch during which he was a top player, only losing a set or two in one of his five years. He has now reached the semifinals in four of his last five tournaments.
Alcaraz is now in the form of his career having not been beaten in sets in a tournament for three of his last