Carlos Alcaraz claims ATP Next Gen Finals crown and near 30-year stat
Carlos Alcaraz dominated the draw in Milan to win the Next Gen ATP Finals, securing a promising statistic in the process.
The 18-year-old sensation capped his breakout year by claiming the title at the fourth ever ATP Next Gen Finals without losing a match.
In fact, Alcaraz did so dropping just one set across five matches, in his final group match against Juan Manuel Cerundolo.
2021 has seen Alcaraz claim his maiden career ATP title in Umag, Croatia, as well as reach at least the second round of all four Slams.
His best run came at the US Open, defeating world number three Stefanos Tsitsipas in the third round on the way to the quarter-finals.
Across 18 tour level events this year, Alcaraz accumulated a win-loss record of 32-17. That makes him the youngest player to claim 32 wins in a season since Andrei Medvedev in 1992.
Medvedev won three titles that year, would go on to peak at world number four and reach the 1999 Roland Garros final.
Ranked 32nd, Alcaraz is the only teenager in the ATP top 50, and the youngest player ranked inside the top 100.
2019 Next Gen champion Jannik Sinner has risen to a career-high of world number 10 since his Milan title.
Alcaraz will no doubt be looking to emulate the Italian, who barely missed out on qualifying for the ATP Finals proper this year.
While Alcaraz’s individual season is over, he is part of the team nomination for Spain in the upcoming Davis Cup.
His nation will play their group stage at home in Madrid as they look to defend their 2019 title.
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