Carlos Alcaraz turns into youngest year-end No. 1 in males’s tennis as Rafael Nadal’s stoop continues at ATP Finals



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Carlos Alcaraz is about to change into the youngest year-end No. 1 within the historical past of males’s tennis after Rafael Nadal was knocked out of the ATP Finals.

On the age of 19 years and 214 days, US Open champion Alcaraz surpasses Lleyton Hewitt’s report of ending the yr as world No. 1 aged 20 years and 275 days in 2001.

Alcaraz is lacking this yr’s ATP Finals in Turin, Italy as he continues his restoration from an belly damage sustained on the Paris Masters earlier this month, however compatriot Nadal’s early exit from the event means he nonetheless has trigger to have a good time.

{The teenager} has loved a sensational yr, profitable 5 ATP titles and turning into the youngest No. 1 in males’s tennis when he gained his first grand slam title in New York.

Nadal might have leapfrogged Alcaraz on the prime of the world rankings with victory in Turin this week, however after he misplaced 6-3 6-4 towards Felix Auger-Aliassime on Tuesday and Casper Ruud gained a set towards Taylor Fritz, the 36-year-old bowed out of the event.

Nadal has struggled for type for the reason that US Open in September and towards Auger-Aliassime fell to his fourth consecutive feat since 2009.

It follows a straight-sets loss to Taylor Fritz in Turin earlier this week and defeats towards Tommy Paul on the Paris Masters and Frances Tiafoe on the US Open.

“I don’t think I forgot how to play tennis, how to be strong enough mentally,” Nadal informed reporters on Tuesday.

“I simply must recuperate all these constructive emotions and all this confidence and all this sturdy mentality that I must be on the degree that I wish to be.

“I don’t know if I’m going to reach that level again. But what I don’t have any doubt [about] is that I [am] going to die for it.”

Nadal waves to the crowd following his defeat against Auger-Aliassime.

Nadal had possibilities to take the lead towards Auger-Aliassime, however did not convert 4 break factors within the first set. The Canadian moved 5-3 forward when he broke Nadal’s serve and wrapped up the set shortly after for an early lead.

Within the second set, Auger-Aliassime broke Nadal at 1-1, then consolidated his benefit the next sport with three aces in a row.

The world No. 6 hit 15 aces all through the match and proceeded to serve out for the win in shut to 2 hours.

It means Auger-Aliassime stays in competition to progress past the teams phases on the ATP Finals regardless of shedding to Ruud in his opening match on Sunday.