Carlos Alcaraz - Indian Wells 2023

Carlos Alcaraz ‘really proud’ to reach milestone before Djokovic, Nadal and Federer

Carlos Alcaraz has revealed how proud he is to have won 100 matches on the ATP tour, faster than the ‘big three’ of Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer.

Alcaraz has had an incredible past 12 months, winning the US Open, two Masters 1000 titles and ending 2022 as world No.1.

The Spaniard had a tricky start to this season, missing out on the Australian Open due to a leg injury that he sustained while practicing.

The 19-year-old has since returned to the ATP tour, winning the title in Buenos Aires, reaching the final in Rio and is looking to regain his spot at the top of the rankings with a victory in Indian Wells.

Alcaraz is yet to drop a set in the desert and collected his 100th ATP tour win over Tallon Griekspoor in the third round.

This is faster than Djokovic, Nadal and Federer, with only John McEnroe completing the feat faster than the US Open champion.

Alcaraz reflected on his latest achievement, “A lot has happened since that first ATP win [against Albert Ramos-Vinolas at the 2020 Rio Open].”

“I saw I was the second player in history with less matches to be able to get to 100 wins. I’m really proud of myself about that.”

The five fastest players to 100 ATP tour wins

  1. John McEnroe – 131 matches
  2. Carlos Alcaraz – 132 matches
  3. Andre Agassi – 135 matches
  4. Rafael Nadal – 137 matches
  5. Mats Wilander – 138 matches

Djokovic and Federer do not make this list, requiring 143 and 169 matches to reach the milestone, respectively.

By winning 100 ATP matches, Alcaraz becomes the third player born after 2000 to achieve this feat with only Felix-Auger Aliassime and Jannik Sinner getting there before him.

Alcaraz has in-fact already won his 101st match on the tour, after Jack Draper retired in their fourth round meeting last night.

The Murcian is now into his second consecutive quarter-final at the tournament many call the ‘fifth Grand Slam’, where he will play the aforementioned Auger-Aliassime.

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Matthew Johns, Tennishead Writer, is a professional tennis journalist with a specialist degree in Sports Journalism. He's a keen tennis player having represented his local club and University plus he's also a qualified tennis coach. Matthew has a deep knowledge of tennis especially the ATP Tour and thrives on breaking big tennis news stories for Tennishead.