Carlos Alcaraz joins idol Rafael Nadal as he claims ATP Finals qualification spot
Carlos Alcaraz has become the second player to qualify for the 2022 ATP Finals behind fellow Spaniard Rafael Nadal.
By reaching the fourth round of the US Open, Alcaraz has now garnered 4,640 ranking points in 2022. Of those points, 2,000 have come from his two Masters 1000 titles in Miami and Madrid, while 970 have come across the four Slams so far this year.
Titles in Barcelona and Rio de Janeiro add another 1,000 points, plus finals in Hamburg and Umag contribute another 450.
Alcaraz will make his ATP Finals debut the season after winning the under-21 equivalent Next Gen ATP Finals, becoming the first player to achieve the feat since Tsitsipas himself did so between 2018 and 2019.
The Greek went on to win the 2019 ATP Finals on his tournament debut, the biggest title of his career to date. Should Alcaraz win the tournament this year, he would be the youngest ATP Finals champion ever, beating John McEnroe’s record of winning the then ‘Masters Cup’ in 1978 aged 19 years and 10 months.
Alcaraz is one of four players still in contention to be ATP world number one after the US Open, the others being current number one Daniil Medvedev, Rafael Nadal and Casper Ruud.
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