Carlos Alcaraz began this week ranked at 406 in the world, the Spaniard was rewarded with a wildcard into his first ATP event on the clay in Rio de Janeiro
The 16 year old has been in fantastic form this year, having won his first two events in Mallorca on the hard court on the ITF tour. Carlos then travelled to Antayla, Turkey where he made the final without a set dropped but lost in three to Zsombor Piros from Hungary.
His opponent in his first ATP meeting was fellow Spaniard and seventh seed Albert Ramos-Vinolas. The 32 year old has had some struggles last year with injuries but showed his best in Zhuhai towards the backhand of last year.
The performance against a player double his age was absolutely fantastic. I like his bravery and belief in his game. For someone just 16 years old he showed great ability and variety in his game over during the match which lasted for over three hours!
He plays a strong and flat two handed backhand and has the movement and range on the forehand to leave that side of the court open but still create opportunities from a defensive position and is very comfortable at the net.
He has an experienced voice coaching him in Juan Carlos Ferrero. The Spaniard is a former world number one with 16 singles titles and in 2003 was a winner at Roland Garros.
Carlos is in action in Rio today around 23:30 UK time against Federico Coria ranked just outside the top 100 in the world.
The first player born in 2003 to win an ATP match.
The third Spanish player after Tommy Robredo and Rafael Nadal to win on his ATP debut.