Five years have passed since Carlos Alcaraz’s first game as a professional


Carlos Alcaraz will attend this Tuesday, February 14, a special day because, in Argentina, where this week he will play the ATP 250 in Buenos Aires, he will fulfill five years as a professional since he debuted in this field in Murcia ITF Futures 2018 and adding his first ATP point in a match winning Italian Federico Gaio.

In that win for 7-5, 4-6 and 7-6 (3) at the facilities of Real Murcia Club de Tenis against a rival ranked 292 in the world, this boy from El Palmar, who was 14 years and nine months at the time, added his first ATP point and, with it, beat Rafael Nadal early, although he is only half a year away from the absolute top equal to the Spaniard Nicolás Álvarez, who made his debut in 2015 when he was 14 years and three month old

After defeating Gaio, ‘Carlitos’ defeated Russian Nikita Tatyanin 7-5, 7-6 (5) to eventually fall in the quarterfinals against Sergio Gutiérrez Ferrol from Alicante, 0-6, 4-6.

Then his debut will come in a ATP Challengers, with 6-2, 3-6 and 6-3 victories over Italian Jannik Sinner in Alicante in April 2019; and in ATP World Tourwith a 7-6 (2), 4-6 and 7-6 (2) victory over Albert Ramos Viñolas from Barcelona in Rio de Janeiro ATP 500 in February 2020. Then the student of Juan Carlos Ferrero is the number 406 player in the world.

In a final frame of grand slam He started by defeating Dutchman Botic Van de Zanchulp 6-1, 6-4 and 6-4 in the first round of the 2021 Australian Open.

Appearing with strength in the elite, the Murcian will taste the sweetness of victory with his titles won in that year 2021 -ATP 250 of Umag and Netx Gen ATP Finals in Milan- and already combined with the best he has lifted five trophies in 2022 -ATP 500 of Rio de Janeiro and Barcelona, ​​​​​​Masters 1,000 in Miami and Madrid and Grand Slam in the United States-.

It was this late and brilliant success that led him to number 1 in the worlda position he held for 20 weeks and he lost at the hands of Novak Djokovic due to two injuries that affected him since he played his last match, on November 4 in the quarterfinals of the Masters 1,000 in Paris-Bercy against he . Danish Holger Rune.

Three and a half months later he will appear again in the competition in Buenos Aires, where he will directly face Serbian Laslo Djere in the round of 16 of the tournament, who defeated the Italian Fabio Fognini in the first round of the double 6-4. It will be morning from Wednesday to Thursday -Spanish time- and Alcaraz does not hide his desire for this moment to come and he knows he needs to improve. “I can improve everything at the level of tennis, physically and mentally,” he already declared in the Argentine capital.

“This is the first tournament of 2023 and it’s been over three months since my last game. I always wanted to win, but I knew it wouldn’t be easy to start over and get into the rhythm of the competition.“, Alcaraz indicated, that a priori the main rivals in Buenos Aires are the British Cameron Norrie, twelfth in the international ranking; the Italian Lorenzo Musetti, twentieth and the Argentine Francisco Cerundolo and Diego Schwartzman, occupying the positions 30 and 32.

Source: La Verdad


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