Carlos Alcaraz equals Ferrero because the second Spaniard who has been number one the longest
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The Murcian will add his eighth week on the ATP throne this Monday and can solely have Nadal forward of him within the nationwide historic classification
Solely 19 years outdated, the disciple has hunted down the grasp. Carlos Alcaraz will equal Juan Carlos Ferrero tomorrow because the second Spaniard who has held the ATP throne for the longest time. When the ‘rating’ is up to date, the Murcian will add his eighth week as number one in tennis, the identical ones that his coach collected. Forward, within the historic classification there can be 20 gamers and just one Spaniard, the colossus Rafael Nadal, though in virtually unattainable heights: the Balearic accumulates 209 weeks, the fifth greatest file of all time.
The conquest of the US Open allowed Alcaraz to destroy Lleyton Hewitt’s precocity file because the king of tennis, however it additionally offered him with a cushty cushion of just about 1,000 factors on the second step. Since then, the ATP calendar opened a break between the North American tour and the ultimate stretch of the yr on the indoor observe: solely a handful of 500 and 250 class tournaments have been performed. Little margin to shake the ‘high 10’ of the ‘rating’ .
As well as, the 2 predominant pursuers of Alcaraz haven’t squeezed him. Nadal has rested after the US Open resulting from his current fatherhood and to recuperate from his recurring bodily issues. In reality, the person from Manaco, who had not defended factors within the final month, has snatched the second step from Ruud with out having to choose up the racket. The Norwegian shouldn’t be trying up after dropping within the New York closing: he has misplaced three of his 4 ATP matches since then, all consecutively. The final one, this week in Basel in opposition to a Wawrinka removed from his wonderful years. A foul streak that has subtracted greater than 300 factors and leaves his place on the tennis podium at risk.
Complete tranquility for Alcaraz, who doesn’t really feel the encouragement of members of the ‘high 10’ comparable to Daniil Medvedev and Stefanos Tsitsipas. Although he had not gained an ATP match as number one till resurfacing in Switzerland, the Murcian will attain the Masters 1000 in Paris, the final of the yr, as the primary seed. And he has already held the management of the ATP circuit longer than 5 different quantity 1s in historical past. Amongst them, Carlos Moyá, the fourth Spaniard who reached the highest.
finish of yr purpose
Coincidentally, Ferrero additionally rose to first place after reaching the US Open closing, in 2003, months after elevating his solely Grand Slam at Roland Garros. The Valencian chained his eight weeks on the high consecutively, however in the beginning of November Andy Roddick unseated him and he by no means returned. Just a few months later, Roger Federer ushered within the period of the ‘Huge Three’, a interval of unprecedented tyranny.
Considered one of its members, Novak Djokovic, clearly heads the historic rating. The Serbian has no rival. Till now, he has set the file at 373 weeks on the high of the ATP, a interval equal to 7 years. The rostrum is accomplished by the just lately retired Swiss maestro (310), and Pete Sampras (286), the principle dominator of the Nineteen Nineties. Along with ‘Nole’, Nadal and Alcaraz, there are solely two different energetic gamers who’ve reached the very best. Andy Murray (41 weeks), already removed from the highest of the rating, and Medvedev (16), chief till the emergence of the Murcian and one other of the candidates to regain first place.
The final month of the season will take a look at the reign of Carlos Alcaraz. Earlier than the Davis Cup, Ferrero’s pupil solely has two ATP tournaments left, however each put at stake a succulent loot of factors. Beginning tomorrow, Paris closes the Masters 1000 course and two weeks later, the Nitto ATP Finals will distribute as much as 1,500 models to the champion. It would depend upon his efficiency in these competitions whether or not Alcaraz pockets his subsequent purpose: end the yr as number one. Getting there’s a main achievement, however the title that is still engraved in historical past is the one which closes the course as chief.
The primary risk on this closure of 2022 is Rafael Nadal. The month of November is introduced as a propitious event for the Balearic, who has already confirmed his look in Paris and Turin, the place he doesn’t defend factors from final yr. The unknown is that he has not competed for nearly two months, he should clear up any doubts about his bodily situation and these are two of the few nice titles that also elude him.
The quick and coated observe is a state of affairs that doesn’t favor Nadal. It’s the place he feels least comfy. Identical to Ruud, who would not appear able to bothering in his present state of kind both. The opposite candidate, though with few choices, is Stefanos Tsitsipas, who solely defends 45 factors this month. The Greek lifted his solely main trophy on cement, his Achilles heel, exactly on the 2019 ATP Finals. As well as, he isn’t going by means of a candy second both. And the Russian Medvedev is out of the combat as a result of final yr he reached the finals within the two remaining dates, which leaves him with virtually no room for development.
Djokovic, potential ally
With these candidates, Alcaraz’s ally and decide in the number one combat may very well be Djokovic. The Serbian, intractable since Wimbledon, arrives hungry after lacking the US Open and is the nice favourite within the closing stretch of the season however is simply too distant to ascend to the highest.
However the one from El Palmar should concentrate on himself as a result of he can nonetheless rating numerous factors: he solely defends 90 subsequent week. In any case, the Murcian, who began 2022 with the purpose of being ‘high 15’ on the finish of the yr, has to consider the current and be prudent to fill himself with confidence and put the of entirety to an unforgettable yr.