Nadal eliminated from the Masters, Alcaraz becomes the youngest player to finish world No.1 at the end of the year

Carlos Alcaraz made tennis history on September 12, 2022. On that day at 19 years 4 months and 7 days, the Spaniard, who had just won the US Open the day before, became the 28th player in the history to become world N.1 in the ATP ranking and especially the youngest.

This Tuesday, after the elimination of his illustrious compatriot Rafael Nadal in the group stage of the Turin Masters (following the win of the first set by the Norwegian Casper Ruud in a match against the American Taylor Fritz), the Murcian is assured next Monday when the ranking is published to end the year 2022 in first place in the world. In doing so, he will again become, at 19 years, 6 months and 16 days, the youngest tennis player to complete the year in this place among the eighteen players who have had this honor since the creation of the ATP in 1973. , fifty years ago.

In both cases, Alcaraz erased Australian Lleyton Hewitt who was 20 years 8 months and 23 days old when he reached the pinnacle of world tennis on November 19, 2001 and 20 years 10 months and 7 days old when he finished first. at the end of 2001.

Injured in the abdominals during the Masters 1000 of Bercy on November 4, Alcaraz had to withdraw for the Masters of Turin.

On Monday, Alcaraz will begin its 11th consecutive week at the top of the ATP rankings.

Novak Djokovic had finished world No.1 in 2021. He achieved this performance for the seventh time, a record, after 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2018 and 2020.

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