Carlos Alcaraz created history by becoming the youngest player on becoming the US Open champion after defeating Norwegian Casper Ruud in the finals in 4-sets where both players were looking for their maiden major title. He is regarded as the upcoming star of the sport and has been able to make his place despite being very young and less time on the Tour as compared to his compatriots.
Alcaraz faced a shocking elimination in the first round of the Astana Open in Kazakhstan losing to David Goffin in straight sets 7-5,6-3 which lasted one hour and 47 minutes. This was the first defeat handed to the Spaniard after his dream run at the US Open where he broke records with the maiden title victory. Alcaraz opened up on the challenges he faced during the tournament and even gave full credit to his opponent for a great match.
He said “It was a tough game. David played wonderfully. Coming back to the competition is never easy, he has already played two games on this court, which is not the easiest to get used to. It is very slow and it has been complicated. I was able to adapt and he was superior. He played very aggressively and I couldn’t handle the pressure he put on me. It’s something I have to learn from, I have to take note of the lessons from this match.”
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Carlos Alcaraz lost his first ATP Tour after becoming the World No 1
Carlos Alcaraz played his first ATP Tour at the Astana Open after becoming the top-ranked player and was looked upon for his upcoming performances post becoming the youngest player to claim the top spot in the rankings. It was his first loss in straight sets and it came in the 63rd match as he had at least won one set in every match he has played since Paris Masters in 2021.
He had been playing fantastically throughout the season and had already won four ATP titles equalling the record with his childhood idol and compatriot Rafael Nadal, the 22-time Grand Slam singles champion. He is next scheduled to play at the Swiss Basel Indoors that starts on 24 October and would be looking to gain some crucial points to hold his top spot.
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