Tennis: Alcaraz, 18, becomes youngest player in ATP’s top 10 since Nadal

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(AFP, REUTERS) – Spain’s Carlos Alcaraz, 18, on Monday (April 25) grew to become the youngest player to enter the top 10 of the ATP world rating since his compatriot Rafael Nadal did so on the similar age in 2005.

Alcaraz climbed two locations to ninth in the world after his straight-set victory over Pablo Carreno Busta in the Barcelona Open ultimate on Sunday (April 24), whereas Britain’s Cameron Norrie dropped out of the top 10 to No. 11.

It was the third title of the season for Alcaraz, having received the Miami Masters at first of the month and the Rio event in February. His record of victories additionally consists of his breakthrough at Umag, Croatia, final July, when he grew to become the youngest tour-level champion since Kei Nishikori claimed the title at Delray Beach in 2008.

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Carreno Busta swops locations with one other Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut, the previous climbing to 18 and the latter shifting down one spot to nineteenth.

Novak Djokovic nonetheless sits atop the standings regardless of dropping to Russian Andrey Rublev in the Belgrade Open ultimate. World No. 2 Daniil Medvedev is out with a hernia drawback.

In successful the Barcelona Open, Alcaraz, who reached final yr’s US Open quarter-finals, joins countrymen together with Nadal, coach Juan Carlos Ferrero and Carlos Moya as champions of the ATP 500 claycourt event.

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“It means a lot. I’ve watched this tournament since I was a kid. I always wished to play in this tournament and of course be able to win this tournament,” Alcaraz mentioned. “I’m really happy to be part of the (historic) Spanish list.”

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