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Carlos Alcaraz

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Alias: Carlos Alcaraz Garfia
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Bio He is a Spanish professional tennis player. He is ranked world No. 1 in singles by the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP). Alcaraz has won twelve ATP Tour-level singles titles, including two major titles (at the 2022 US Open and 2023 Wimbledon Championships) and four Masters 1000 titles. With the US Open win, Alcaraz became the youngest man to top the singles rankings at 19 years, 4 months, and 6 days old, and the first teenager in the Open Era to top the men's rankings.

As a junior, Alcaraz was ranked as high as world No. 22 and won two titles on the ITF Junior Circuit. After turning professional in 2018, he won three titles on the ITF Men's World Tennis Tour and four on the ATP Challenger Tour and broke into the top 100 in rankings in May 2021. Two months later, Alcaraz reached his first ATP Tour final at the ATP Tour 250's 2021 Croatia Open, where he won his first title. He later entered the top 50 after reaching the quarterfinals at the following US Open and won the year-end 2021 Next Generation ATP Finals. After winning his first ATP Tour 500 title at the Rio Open in February 2022, Alcaraz won both his first ATP Tour Masters 1000 title at the Miami Open and his second ATP 500 title at the Barcelona Open in April, propelling him into the top 10. In September of the same year he defeated Casper Ruud in the final, 6–4, 2–6, 7–6(7–1), 6–3 to win the men's singles tennis title at the 2022 US Open. In May 2023, Alcaraz was awarded the Laureus World Breakthrough of the Year award. In June 2023, Alcaraz won the Queen's Club Championship, his first title on grass. In July 2023, Alcaraz won Wimbledon, defeating seven-time and defending champion Novak Djokovic in the final to claim his second major singles title.

Carlos Alcaraz was born to parents Carlos Alcaraz González and Virginia Garfia Escandón. He started playing tennis at the Real Sociedad Club de Campo de Murcia where his father was the tennis academy director. In 2018, he began playing at Juan Carlos Ferrero's Equelite JC Ferrero Sport Academy.

In February 2020, at the age of 16, Alcaraz made his ATP main-draw debut at the Rio Open after receiving a wildcard for the singles main draw. There, he defeated Albert Ramos Viñolas. Alcaraz was ultimately defeated in the second round by Federico Coria.

In 2021, at age 17, Alcaraz qualified for the main draw of the Australian Open, making him the youngest participant in the men's singles. He won his Grand Slam debut defeating fellow qualifier Botic van de Zandschulp in straight sets before losing in the second round to Mikael Ymer.

Alcaraz became the youngest match winner in the Madrid Open's history, defeating Adrian Mannarino as a wildcard and breaking then-18-year-old Rafael Nadal’s record from 2004. In the second round, he lost to five-time champion Nadal on Alcaraz' 18th birthday. By winning the biggest title of his career until then at the 2021 Open de Oeiras III Challenger tournament, he entered the top 100 as the youngest player at the age of 18 on May 24, 2021.

At the French Open, Alcaraz reached the third round of a Grand Slam for the first time in his career by defeating Nikoloz Basilashvili.

In July 2021, he reached his first ATP final at the Plava Laguna Croatia Open in Umag, defeating top seed Albert Ramos-Viñolas. He then won his maiden ATP title by defeating Richard Gasquet and becoming the youngest tour-level champion since 18-year-old Kei Nishikori won the Delray Beach Open in 2008. Alcaraz was the youngest Spaniard to win an ATP Tour title since Nadal claimed his first trophy in Sopot in 2004.

At Wimbledon, he lost in the second round to Daniil Medvedev. At the Winston-Salem Open, Alcaraz reached the round of 16 defeating qualifier Alexei Popyrin, and his second tour-level quarterfinal of the season defeating fourth seed Marton Fucsovics. He defeated Marcos Giron to reach the semifinals, where he lost to Mikael Ymer.

At the US Open, Alcaraz defeated world No. 3 Stefanos Tsitsipas in a fifth-set tiebreak to reach the fourth round in the biggest win of his career. At 18 years of age, Alcaraz became the youngest man in a Grand Slam fourth round since 17-year-old Andrei Medvedev at the 1992 French Open, and the youngest man in the US Open fourth round since 17-year-old Michael Chang and 18-year-old Pete Sampras in 1989. He then reached the quarterfinals by defeating qualifier Peter Gojowczyk. Alcaraz became the youngest US Open men's quarterfinalist in the Open Era, the youngest at the tournament since 18-year-old Thomaz Koch in 1963, and the youngest Grand Slam men's singles quarterfinalist since 17-year-old Michael Chang at the 1989 French Open. He then lost to Félix Auger-Aliassime via retirement in the second set in the quarterfinals after injuring his leg.

At the Erste Bank Open, Alcaraz defeated world No. 7 Matteo Berrettini, marking his second win over a top-10 player. As a result, he made his debut as the youngest player in the top 35 on 1 November. During his Paris Masters run, Alcaraz defeated French wildcard Pierre-Hugues Herbert in three thrilling sets in the first round. He then defeated Jannik Sinner in straight sets in the second round, marking his third win over a top-10 player. In the third round, he was defeated by Hugo Gaston in straight sets.

At the Next Gen ATP Finals, Alcaraz defeated Brandon Nakashima, Juan Manuel Cerúndolo, and Holger Vitus Nodskov Rune in the round-robin stage. He advanced to the semifinals undefeated, where he defeated Sebastian Baez. He then advanced to the final, where he defeated Sebastian Korda to win the championship.

In 2022, seeded for the first time at a Grand Slam as the 31st-seed at the Australian Open, Alcaraz reached the third round before losing in five sets to Matteo Berrettini. In losing, the New York Times called him "one of the most exciting next-generation talents in sports".

Seeded seventh at the Rio Open, Alcaraz defeated Jaume Munar, Federico Delbonis, top seed Matteo Berrettini and Fabio Fognini to reach his first ATP 500 final. He defeated Diego Schwartzman in the final to win the title. As a result, he made his debut into the top 20 in the singles rankings on February 21, 2022. At Indian Wells, Alcaraz reached his first Masters 1000 quarterfinal and semifinal, defeating the defending champion Cameron Norrie before losing a three-set encounter to Rafael Nadal.

Seeded 14th at the Miami Open, Alcaraz beat Márton Fucsovics, Marin Čilić, and 4th seed Stefanos Tsitsipas in straight sets, then beat Miomir Kecmanović in a three-set thriller to advance to his second Masters 1000 semifinal. There, he defeated the defending champion Hubert Hurkacz for his 50th tour-level win, to advance to his maiden Masters 1000 final, where he defeated 6th seed Casper Ruud to win his first Masters 1000 title. He became the youngest men's champion in the tournament's history. He was congratulated by the King of Spain and Rafael Nadal, and mentioned in the press as being the player to fill the shoes of Roger Federer and Nadal.
At the Monte-Carlo Masters, Alcaraz lost in the second round to Sebastian Korda.
At the Barcelona Open, Alcaraz defeated top seed Stefanos Tsitsipas in the quarterfinals to enter the top 10 for the first time on April 25. He is the 20th teen to break into top 10 overall since rankings were established in 1973, the first since Andy Murray in 2007, and the youngest since Rafael Nadal also on April 25, 2005 at the same event. Alcaraz then saved two match points against Alex de Minaur in the semifinals to advance to the final, where he defeated Pablo Carreño Busta in straight sets to win the title.

A day after his 19th birthday, at the Madrid Open, he defeated 5-time Madrid champion, world No. 4 and third seed Rafael Nadal in the quarterfinals to become the first teenager to beat him on clay. He also ended Nadal's 25-match win streak against fellow Spaniards. The following day, he went on to beat the world No. 1 and top seed Novak Djokovic in the semifinals for his 6th straight top-10 win, and became the youngest player to win a match against a world No. 1 since Rafael Nadal against Roger Federer in the third round of the 2004 Miami Open. He also became the first man ever to beat Djokovic and Nadal back-to-back on clay. In the final, he went on to win his fourth title for the season and second Masters 1000 in his career defeating world No. 3 and second seed defending champion Alexander Zverev, thus defeating the top three seeds in three consecutive matches. It is the first time since David Nalbandian in Madrid in 2007 that a player has defeated three top-5 players at a Masters 1000 event, and Alcaraz is the youngest player to do so since the start of the ATP Tour in 1990 at the same event. He also became the youngest champion in tournament history. As a result, he climbed to a career-high of world No. 6 in the rankings on May 9, 2022.

Following his withdrawal from the Italian Open due to an ankle injury, Alcaraz made his seeded debut at the French Open as No. 6. Having won two of the tour's biggest titles on clay coming into the Slam, he was widely projected to be one of the favorites for the title. He defeated Juan Ignacio Londero in straight sets before saving a match point in a second round five-setter against Albert Ramos Viñolas. He then defeated Korda and Karen Khachanov in straight sets before losing to Zverev, in the second Grand Slam quarterfinal of his career.

At Wimbledon, Alcaraz beat Jan-Lennard Struff in a close five set match before defeating Tallon Griekspoor and Oscar Otte in straight sets, reaching the round of 16 for the first time at this major. He lost to Jannik Sinner in the fourth round.

At the Hamburg Open, he reached the final, resulting in a new career-high of world No. 5 on July 25, 2022. Alcaraz became the youngest player to enter the top 5 in rankings since Nadal in 2005. He was defeated in the final by Lorenzo Musetti, resulting in the first loss in a tournament final of his career. At the Croatia Open, he reached his second consecutive final, resulting in another ranking jump to world No. 4 on August 1.

Alcaraz entered the 2022 US Open as the No. 3 seed. He defeated Sebastian Baez, Federico Coria and Jenson Brooksby without dropping a set to reach the fourth round. Next he defeated 15th seed Marin Cilic in five sets, becoming the youngest man to reach back-to-back quarterfinals at this Major in the Open Era. In his quarterfinal match he defeated Jannik Sinner, saving a match point in the fourth set. The match set the record as the latest finish (at 2:50AM EST) and second longest match (5 hours and 15 minutes) in US Open history. He defeated Frances Tiafoe in the semifinals for his third consecutive five-set match victory. He defeated 5th seed Casper Ruud in the final, where both players were in contention for the world No. 1 ranking, to win the title. Alcaraz became the youngest No. 1 in the history of the ATP Rankings at the age of 19 years, 4 months and 6 days, breaking Lleyton Hewitt's record. He also became the first teenager in the Open Era to top the men's rankings and the youngest men's US Open champion since Pete Sampras in 1990.

In his first match as world No. 1, Alcaraz lost his singles match at the 2022 Davis Cup Finals to Felix Auger-Aliassime. Next, he lost to David Goffin at the Astana Open in his opening round. Alcaraz reached the semifinals in Basel, where he was defeated by the eventual champion Felix Auger-Aliassime for a second time this season. At the Paris Masters, Alcaraz reached the quarterfinals after defeating Yoshihito Nishioka and Grigor Dimitrov, but retired while being a set down against Holger Rune. A day later, Alcaraz announced he had suffered an abdominal tear requiring a six-week layoff, forcing him to end his season early. Alcaraz withdrew from the ATP Finals and the Davis Cup Finals. Alcaraz, at the age of 19 years and 214 days, ended the year as youngest and first teenager world No. 1.

On January 7, 2023, Alcaraz announced his withdrawal from the Australian Open due to a hamstring injury he suffered in his right leg while training. Following the tournament, he lost the world No. 1 ranking to the champion Novak Djokovic. He held the ranking for a total of 20 weeks.
In his first tournament back for the 2023 season at the Golden Swing in South America, Alcaraz won his seventh title at the Argentina Open in Buenos Aires, defeating second seed Cameron Norrie. He became the first teenager to win the event. Defending his title at the Rio Open, he reached back to back finals, and his tenth overall as a teenager tied with Jimmy Connors, Michael Chang and Lleyton Hewitt. He defeated Chilean qualifier Nicolás Jarry to reach the final, where he played against Cameron Norrie again, but lost in three sets. Alcaraz was additionally scheduled to play in Acapulco in the month of February, but withdrew prior to the tournament after suffering another hamstring injury.

At the Indian Wells Masters he recorded his 100th career win, defeating 31st seed Tallon Griekspoor to reach the fourth round, making him the second fastest player to reach this milestone after John McEnroe and faster than the Big 3. He reached the semifinals after the retirement of Jack Draper, and after defeating eighth seed Félix Auger-Aliassime. In an anticipated match, Alcaraz defeated eleventh seed Jannik Sinner in straight sets to reach the final. He won his eighth career title and third Masters 1000 title over fifth seed Daniil Medvedev who was on a 19-match winning streak, becoming the first player to win the tournament without dropping a set since Roger Federer in 2017. He additionally became the ninth and youngest man to win both legs of the Sunshine Double. As a result, he returned to world No. 1 on March 20, 2023.

In Miami where Alcaraz was the defending champion, he reached the semifinals having not dropped a set defeating Facundo Bagnis, Dušan Lajović, 16th seed Tommy Paul and ninth seed Taylor Fritz. This time he lost to tenth seed Jannik Sinner in three sets. He dropped to No. 2 in the rankings having not been able to defend his previous year title points.

Alcaraz was scheduled to play at the Monte-Carlo Masters the following week but withdrew due to post-traumatic arthritis in his left hand. He began the European clay court swing at the Barcelona Open, where he was the defending champion. He defeated Nuno Borges, countrymen Roberto Bautista Agut and Alejandro Davidovich Fokina, Dan Evans in the semifinals, and Stefanos Tsitsipas in the final to successfully defend his title without dropping a set. It also marked his third title of the season. He won his tenth career title at the 2023 Mutua Madrid Open over the defending champion Jan-Lennard Struff. Alcaraz became the sixth-youngest player to reach 10 tour-level titles in the Open Era.

At the next clay court tournament, the Rome Masters, Alcaraz earned the opportunity to clinch the world No. 1 ranking by playing his second round match. Following his victory, he regained the top ranking from Novak Djokovic. However, he was upset in the next round by the world No. 135 Fabian Marozsan in straight sets. At the 2023 French Open, Alcaraz advanced to the semifinals, but was defeated by Novak Djokovic in four sets after suffering cramps at the onset of the third set. Djokovic regained the No. 1 ranking from Alcaraz, after he ultimately went on to win the tournament.

At the 2023 Queen's Club Championships he recorded his first career tournament win on grass beating Australian Alex de Minaur 6-4, 6-4 in the final. The tournament win in London also returned him to the World Number 1 rankings and meant he would be top seed for the gentlemen's singles at 2023 Wimbledon Championships. He reached the final following wins over Jeremy Chardy, Alexandre Muller, Nicolas Jarry, Matteo Berrettini, Holger Rune, and Daniil Medvedev. Alcaraz defeated Novak Djokovic in five sets in the final, ending Djokovic's 34-match winning streak at Wimbledon and securing the No. 1 ranking. With this win, Alcaraz became the second player, after Andy Murray, to defeat Djokovic in the Wimbledon final. Additionally, Alcaraz became the first non-"Big 4" player to win Wimbledon since Lleyton Hewitt's victory in 2002.

Alcaraz is an all-court, all-round tennis player, but primarily employs an aggressive baseline style of play, with an emphasis on a high winner count from his forehand, typically his most reliable and potent shot. He can either hit his forehand flat and fast for winners from every court position, or add a great amount of topspin and margin over the net. He also possesses a well-rounded and more flat and lower net-clearance backhand groundstroke that he is able to redirect down the line for clean winners. His greatly disguised drop shot is key to his game, as he often combines the heaviness of his groundstrokes that pushes his opponents back into the court into a defensive position, with a drop shot that is often too well-placed and disguised to deal with. He has an impressive net-game with great drop volleys and drive volleys, and frequently serve-and-volleys on crucial points.

His first serve is consistent and can go as fast as 140 mph, but is more commonly around 115 mph and hit with solid placement. This has led to some criticism of his serving. However, he has an excellent and reliable second serve to which he can add topspin, in order to get a high bounce off the court and either push back or get a weak return from closer-returning opponents. This serve typically reaches 150 to 170 km/h (93 to 106 mph).

Alcaraz has earned acclaim for his remarkable athletic and physical traits. In particular, his direct sprints, counterattacking abilities from often indefensible positions on court, and an extremely high peak footspeed which has earned him comparisons to a young Rafael Nadal and Gaël Monfils. He has earned comparisons to Novak Djokovic for his assured lateral movement and court-coverage aided by physical splits and sliding through the court on defense, particularly on his backhand side where he is often able to neutralize his opponent's groundstroke aggression or drop shot attempts. He has also earned comparisons, on occasion, to Roger Federer for his great footwork and ability to go inside-out on his forehand and control the court with his offense.
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