Carlos Alcaraz reaches 100 victories at the age of 19 and goes to the round of 16 at Indian Wells

Do you remember Carlos Alcaraz’s first ATP victory against Albert Ramos at the 2020 Rio Open, on February 17, just before the pandemic, Well, 1,120 days later, the Murcian tennis player has reached 100 wins on the circuit.

Alcaraz has added that number of duels decided in his favor after defeating this Monday Tallon Greek Railwayin the third round of the Indian Wells Masters 1000, with a score of 7-6 (4) and 6-4.

Just John McEnroe, among the 28 players who came to lead the lists, came with fewer games played (131) than that magic figure. Carlitos, with a baggage of 100 wins and 32 losses, remains in that classification ahead of names like Andre Agassi and Rafael Nadal, among others.

The fastest number 1s to reach 100 wins

John McEnroe 100-31 19 year old Karl Meiler 6-3 6-4 1978 (Bologna quarters)

Carlos Alcaraz 100-32 19 year old Tallon Griekspoor 2023 (3rd round Indian Wells)

Andre Agassi 100-35 18 year old Dan Goldie 6-1 6-4 1989 (Philadelphia quarters)

Rafael Nadal 100-37 19 years old Hugo Armando 6-1 6-2 2005 (2 round Stuttgart)

Mats Wilander 100-38 18 years Sergio Casal 6-3 6-2 1983 (Aix-en-Provence final)

Jimmy Connors 100-38 20 year old Ian Fletcher 6-4 6-4 1972 (1 round London-3)

Boris Becker 100-40 18 years old Henri Leconte 6-2 6-4 6-7 6-3 1986 (Wimbledon semifinals)

Lleyton Hewitt 100-41 19 Albert Coast 6-2 6-4 2000 (third round Indianapolis)

Andy Roddick 100-41 20 year old James Blake 7-6 6-3 2002 (second round Basel)

Novak Djokovic 100-43 20 years Pablo Andujar 6-1 6-3 2007 (1 round Umag)

Juan Carlos Ferrero 100-43 21 years old Arnaud Di Pasquale 6-4 7-6 2001 (1 round Gstaad)

Ilie Nastase 100-44 23 years old Cliff Richey 7-5 1-6 2-6 6-4 6-3 1970 (2nd Wimbledon round)

John Newcombe 100-46 24 years old Ismail El Shafei 5-7 7-5 6-3 5-7 6-1 1969 (Brussels quarters)

Ivan Lendl 100-48 20 year old John James 6-2 7-5 1980 (2 round Toronto)

Bjorn Borg 100-49 17 years old Marty Riessen 6-1 7-6 1974 (3 round Rome)

Andy Murray 100-49 20-year-old Thomas Johansson 7-6 6-0 2008 (Doha quarter-finals)

Yevgeny Kafelnikov 100-49 21 años Anders Jarryd 6-1 7-5 1995 (2 ronda St. Petersburgo)

Stefan Edberg 100-50 20 years old Mike Leach 6-4 0-1 RET 1986 (2 round Memphis)

Marcelo Rios 100-52 20 years Alex Radulescu 4-6 6-4 7-6 1996 (1 round Lyon)

Carlos Moya 100-55 20-year-old Julian Alonso 6-2 6-3 1997 (Long Island semifinals)

Pete Sampras 100-57 19 year old Brad Gilbert 6-2 6-7 6-3 1991 (final Los Angeles)

Thomas Muster 100-57 20 years old Magnus Gustafsson 6-1 3-6 6-3 1988 (semifinals Barcelona)

Jim Courier 100-61 20 year old Guillaume Raoux 6-4 3-6 6-2 1991 (1 round Indian Wells)

Gustavo Kuerten 100-67 22 years old Carlos Moya 6-2 6-4 6-1 1999 (1 round Davis Cup)

Daniil Medvedev 100-67 23 year old Diego Schwartzman 6-2 6-2 2019 (Queen’s quarters)

Roger Federer 100-69 20 years old Julien Boutter 7-6 6-4 2001 (Semifinals Basel)

Marat Safin 100-71 20-year-old Sebastien Grosjean 0-6 6-3 6-4 2000 (Indianapolis quarters)

Patrick Rafter 100-78 23 years old Gianluca Pozzi 6-1 7-5 6-4 1996 (2nd Wimbledon round)

The Murcian, less effective at the service than in the premiere against Thanasi Kokkinakis, suffered to carry out the sixth game of the match.

Griekspoor is an uncomfortable tennis player, without big blows but at the same time without too many shortcomings. That is why he is number 36 on the ATP lists and that is why this season he has premiered his list of titles in Pune (India).

Carlitos’ advantage is that he has plenty of talent and alternatives to get out of any difficult situation. Juan Carlos Ferrero’s pupil had left seven points with the serve to sign the four equals. Those were the points he lost to Kokkinakis in the second round.

The Dutchman, without making a sound, came to sudden death alive. He was struggling to win his first ‘top10’ after seven failed attempts. He will have to keep trying because the first favorite closed the door on him.

Among the privileged attendees at the Tennis Garden headquarters there were two basket myths like Dirk Nowitzki and Steve Nash. The defeated one smelled the tragedy when in the third game of the second set he broke his racket in half with the help of his leg. She cost him a ‘warning’ from the chair umpire. It was already too late for him. The wind was blowing in the Californian desert. The cyclone, once again, came from Murcia.

With 2-0 against, the Haarlem tennis player had two ‘break’ options to re-engage in the duel. He could not with any of them and ended up giving up.

Draper, relentlessly

The tennis player from El Palmar will face Jack Draper this Tuesday, the executioner of his compatriot Andy Murray by 7-6(6) and 6-2.

Draper, two years older than Alcaraz, already knows how the Spaniard spends them. He lost to him in the only precedent between the two in Basel 2022. The match is scheduled for the first of the night session, at 02:00 in the morning in Spain.

The world number two is four wins away from overtaking Novak Djokovic on the charts. Right now, the Serbian maintains an income of 650 points with respect to the leader of the ‘Armada’.

The good thing for Spanish is that is distancing his closest pursuers before the Miami Open where he has no margin to add as current champion of the contest.

Stefanos Tsitsipas, third in the ranking, he is at 740 points and 950 is the difference with Casper Ruud, room. It should be remembered that the Norwegian was a finalist in the Florida TMS in 2022.


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