There have been many stories over the last few months on the Challenger tour and one player who has continued to write chapters in his journey up the rankings is Carlos Alcaraz.
Since he made his ATP debut in February the focus on Carlos who was 16 at the time of his debut in Rio de Janeiro has rocketed. Carlos who trains at Carlos Ferrero’s Academy and the former number one is his coach defeated Ramos-Vinolas down in South America.
Carlos was soo impressive during his two matches in Rio, the Spaniard picked up a wildcard to enter his first ATP event and showed he thoroughly deserved it.
One of the most exciting things about Carlos is that he is soo in control on the baseline, as time goes on and bigger challengers stand in his way there will be more emphasis on his groundstrokes but at 16 and now 17 to be soo strong off both wings and effective on the front foot is fascinating to see. You can read more about his time in Rio back in February below:
When Tennis came to a halt in March he was ranked 490 in the world and will now be top 140 after some good form since Challenger tennis returned in August after 6 months off.
Before the tour returned he played some exhibitions at Ferrero’s academy and beat Alex de Minaur in Spain. Back on the tour he has just won his 10th match on the bounce.
Not only has he extended his unbeaten run but in this shorter year he has won his third ATP Challenger title in Alicante and has become the second youngest player in ATP Challenger history to win three titles. The youngest was Richard Gasquet who won three titles before he was seventeen. Other people on the list include Felix Auger Aliassime, Juan Martin Del Potro and Novak Djokovic.
There are of course the obvious comparisons with Nadal as he is Spanish and made some big noise on clay but in his own words he finds his game is more or less like Federer’s.
”I like to play very aggressively, with a lot of winners. My style is more or less like Roger Federer’s, aggressively coming to the net and playing a lot of drop shots,”