Carlos Alcaraz overtakes Zverev and Tsitsipas in THIS record

Carlos Alcaraz makes another record as he reaches the finals of the ATP Rio Open 2022 where he will take on Diego Schwartzman in the title decider.

Carlos Alcaraz
Carlos Alcaraz

World No. 29 Carlos Alcaraz is undoubtedly one of the brightest prospects on the ATP Tour. The 18-year old had a fantastic time during the 2021 season winning the 2021 ATP NextGen Finals, his first career title at the 2021 Croatia Open and also made it to the quarter-finals of the 2021 US Open having taken down some big players including the then ranked World No. 3 Stefanos Tsitsipas.

Alcaraz has put in some great performances in his very short career so far and it includes giving top-ranked players a run for their money as he often encounters them due to his low ranking. However, he has impressed a lot during those defeats as well and is already becoming one of the stronger players on Clay court.

Currently playing at the ongoing 2022 Rio Open, Alcaraz has made his way into the finals of the ATP-500 category tournament. He defeated compatriot Jaume Munar in 3-sets in the first round and then beat clay specialist Federico Delbonis in the second round. He avenged his 2022 Australian Open exit by defeating top-seed Matteo Berrettini in the quarter-finals before taking down Fabio Fognini in straight-sets.

By reaching the finals of the Rio Open, Alcaraz at 18 years and 9 months is now the second-youngest man since 2009 to reach the finals of an ATP-500 event. The first position is taken by Felix Auger-Aliassime who achieved the record when he finished as the runner-up at the 2019 Rio Open at the age of 18 years and 6 months.

The list also features Alexander Zverev (19y 1m) on the third spot, Alex De Minaur (19y 5m) on the fourth spot, Stefanos Tsitsipas (19y 8m) on the 5th spot and Jannik Sinner (19y 11m) on the sixth spot.

Carlos Alcaraz to take on Diego Schwartzman in the finals

Carlos Alcaraz
Carlos Alcaraz

Alcaraz will now take on former Rio Open champion Diego Schwartzman in the finals. Diego had won the tournament back in 2018 and will be looking to pick his 5th career title and second in Brazil. It will be the first meeting between the two players with one being a reputed Clay specialist while the other is slowly becoming one.

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