Carlos Alcaraz - Miami Open 2023

Carlos Alcaraz will be No.1 ‘for many years’ claims 11-time Grand Slam champion

Carlos Alcaraz has been praised by 11-time Grand Slam champion Bjorn Borg, who believes that the Spaniard will lead men’s tennis for ‘years’ to come.

Alcaraz has been No.1 on two occasions already and will return to the top spot in the rankings after playing in Rome, as he has no points to defend and Novak Djokovic is the defending champion.

The Spaniard had this to say after defending his Madrid Open title, “It is my 10th title, my fourth Masters 1000. Defending the title here in Madrid, on the brink of regaining No.1, are very big things.”

Borg, who was No.1 for 109 weeks, believes that Alcaraz can top the rankings for even longer than himself, “After this week he’s going to be No.1 in the world, and I think he’s going to be staying there for many years.”

“The way he plays, the way he moves, I like the whole game. No weaknesses,” explained Borg. “To watch this guy play is unbelievable, I’m very impressed.”

Alcaraz now heads to Rome to play at the Italian Open for the first time, with the 20-year-old receiving a bye as the second seed before playing either Albert Ramos-Vinolas or wildcard Francesco Passaro.

Carlos Alcaraz as World No.1

Alcaraz became the youngest ever No.1 when he won his only Grand Slam title to date in New York last year, and the US Open champion has passed it back and forward with Djokovic ever since.

Here is the timeline of the ATP No.1 ever since:

12th September 2022 – Carlos Alcaraz becomes youngest ever No.1 after beating Casper Ruud in the US Open final.

30th January 2023 – Novak Djokovic regains the No.1 ranking after winning a record 10th Australian Open title.

20th March 2023 – Carlos Alcaraz returns to No.1 after winning his first Indian Wells title.

3rd April 2023 – Novak Djokovic enters his seventh reign as No.1 after Alcaraz could not defend his Miami Open title.

22nd May 2023 – Carlos Alcaraz will become No.1 once again as long as he takes to the court in Rome.

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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.