Carlos Alcaraz has been placed among the four best in the world this Monday despite having lost the tournament final in Umag (Croatia) on Sunday, where he defended the title, against Jannik Sinner by 6-7 (5), 6-1 and 6-1. The Italian player (world 10) had already defeated him this year in the last Wimbledon tournament. Last year, when he won his first ATP title in Umag, Alcaraz was ranked 72nd in the world.
The young tennis player has become, at 19 years and 2 months, the eighth Spanish tennis player to rise to fourth place in the ATP international ranking, a position in which he will appear on Monday after reaching the final of the Umag tournament (Croatia). ), and adds their name to a list containing Rafael Nadal, Carlos Moya, John Charles Ferrero (they became number 1) , Alex Corretja, Manuel Orantes (they were number 2), David Ferrer Y Sergio Bruguera (were in the top 3).
alcaraz exceeds in ATP ranking to greek Stefanos Tsitsipas and is now 1,130 points from Rafael Nadalworld number 3 (6,165), alexander zverev (6,850) and Daniel Medvedev (7,625), current world number 1. Novak Djokovicwinner at Wimbledon, where there were no points at stake this year and lost the 2,000 that he defended as champion in 2021, is in sixth place in the world.
joy and disappointment
“It’s something very big for me. Above me there are great players right now, like Rafa, Medvedev and Zverev. They already play to win the Slams. Being one of them and fighting for the Slams is something incredible”, he valued alcaraz after the final in Umag this Sunday. A result that he was not too happy about after losing 12-2 in the last two sets. “In the end I didn’t know how to play against Sinner. I did not stop failing, I did not know what to do”, admitted the Spanish tennis player.
In the race of the year for the Masters Cup in Turin, alcaraz is the second of the year with 4,270 points, after Nadal (5,620) and ahead of Tsitsipas (4,010). The three tennis players are registered as the first four seeds of the Montreal Masters 1,000 that begins on August 7, along with Medvedev. In the Canadian tournament he will not be Zverevwho is still recovering from his ankle injury suffered at Roland Garros, nor Djokovicwho still does not have permission to enter the United States and Canada, as he has not been vaccinated against covid-19.
4 titles, 6 finals
The Umag final is the sixth he has played this season alcaraz after also playing the one in Hamburg last week (it fell to Lorenzo Musetti). Previously, the Murcian tennis player had won the 1,000 Masters in Miami and Madrid and the 500 tournaments in Rio de Janeiro and Barcelona. He so far has 42 wins and only seven losses in 2022.
Title for Baptist
The week was also positive for Robert Baptist who won the title in Kitzbuhel last Saturday after beating the Austrian in the final Filip Misolic by 6-2 and 6-2. This is the second title for the tennis player from Castellón on clay, since he won the first in Stuttgart in 2014, and the eleventh of his career.
This year Baptist he had won the Doha tournament, on a hard court, and had reached the final in Mallorca, on grass. His triumph will allow him to position himself as number 18 in the ATP.