Alcaraz Surpasses Djokovic In Another Rare Feat, Trailing Only Nadal

Alcaraz Surpasses Djokovic In Another Rare Feat, Trailing Only Nadal

by Zachary Wimer

Carlos Alcaraz has achieved a lot in his still young career, and his latest feat only proves his greatness as he once again joined a legendary company.

Like many tennis greats before him, Alcaraz got off to a quick start. As a teenager, he became one of the best players in the world, becoming the youngest world number one on the ATP Tour ever.

There were players who broke out at a young age, but some of the things he was able to do were far from the norm. After all, the history of tennis is decades old, with many legendary players.

It was he who became the youngest world number one when he won the US Open in 2022. He's now become the second player behind Rafael Nadal in terms of the number of ATP Masters 1000 quarter-finals before the age of 21.

Nadal was one of the best young players ever, and much of that is due to his clay prowess. There are many big events on clay, including three Masters, where he dominated quite early in his career.

That's why he could advance to 15 ATP Masters 1000 quarterfinals before turning 21. Alcaraz is now the second player behind Nadal with the most, as his Miami Open quarter-final run this year is the 12th he has ever had.

It came as he bested Lorenzo Musetti in straight sets last night, and it's quite notable. Behind him is Novak Djokovic, who has the most Grand Slam titles won by any player.

The Serbian had 11 ATP 1000 quarter-finals before turning 21, and that shows the kind of trajectory Alcaraz is on. He'll have a chance to make it 13 at the Monte-Carlo Masters but won't be able to match Nadal as he's turning 21 in May.

Still, it shows how great a player Alcaraz has been so far and what kind of career trajectory he might be on. He's on pace to become one of the greats if he already isn't on that level.


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