Alcaraz youngest-ever in ATP history to reclaim number one ranking

Alcaraz youngest-ever in ATP history to reclaim number one ranking

by Alex Waite

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Carlos Alcaraz's win at Indian Wells took him back to the top of the ATP Rankings, and he became the youngest-ever player to recover the number-one position.

Aged just 19 years and ten months old, Alcaraz reclaimed the top spot after beating Daniil Medvedev in straight sets at the Indian Wells final. The Spanish star previously held the number one position in September 2022 following his US Open victory.

Now, his ATP 1000 tournament win in Indian Wells had great significance again, especially at a time when Novak Djokovic was not able to enter the tournaments in the United States, given the teenager a chance to gain lead over him in the ATP Rankings and ATP Race.

Now, the 19-year-old, became the first-ever men's player to recover the number one ranking place in history. The last youngest player to achieve this feat was Marat Safin, who reclaimed the number ranking at the age of 21 over two decades ago.

Furthermore, the Spanish teenager's accomplishment is more impressive, considering nine of the 28 players to sit at the top of the ATP rankings have been unable to get themselves back to the pinnacle.

Also, the only active players to spend more time at number one than Alcaraz include Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, and Andy Murray. Already at a teenage age, the Spaniard is poised for success, and if he keeps a similar career trajectory in the future, we may once refer to him as a legend.

Alcaraz will compete at the upcoming Miami Open as he looks to defend the title he won last season. The win at Miami in 2022 was his first of three career ATP 1000 victories, and the 19-year-old is expected to go far in this season's edition in the hope of sealing the men's Sunshine Double, something that has not been done by many players in the past.


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