(ANSA) – ROME, APRIL 25 – At just 18 years old, the Spanish baby phenomenon Carlos Alcaraz made his entry into the top 10 of the ATP tennis world rankings, in ninth place.
The Iberian becomes the youngest to enter this tight circle since the days of icon Rafael Nadal in 2005.
The Spanish champion continued his thunderous start to the year by winning the ATP 500 tournament in Barcelona, ;;;; having already won the Masters 1000 earlier this month and the Rio tournament in February. This success allows him to climb two positions in the ATP ranking, which thus sees the British Cameron Norrie (eleventh) out of the top 10, eliminated in the quarter-finals in the Catalan tournament. Finalist in Belgrade, where he was beaten by the Russian Andrey Rublev (still No. 8 in the world), Novak Djokovic is still in first place in the ATP rankings, ahead of another Russian, Daniil Medvedev, who at the beginning of April announced a stop of 1-2 months for an injury.
As for the Italians Matteo Berrettini – still recovering after surgery on his right hand: he will also miss the next Masters 1000 in Madrid and Rome – confirms himself as the first Italian in the standings. The 25-year-old from Rome, who forcefully entered the world elite in November 2019 – fourth blue in the Open Era to do so – and the first tennis player in our country to reach the final at Wimbledon, remains in the sixth seat, now with 460 points ahead of the Norwegian Casper Ruud. Jannik Sinner is also stable in 12th place (able to enter the top ten for the first time last November at 20 years and two months: only Nadal, Djokovic and Murray were younger at the time of their first entry) at 596 points away from the Canadian Auger-Aliassime (10th), while Lorenzo Sonego takes a step forward, this week at number 27. The semifinal in Belgrade allows Fabio Fognini to recover twelve positions, now in 50th place, while thanks to the eighth Barcelona climbs seven steps up Lorenzo Musetti, reaching box 61. (ANSA).