Five things to know about Spaniard Carlos Alcaraz after victory in Barcelona
17-year-old Spaniard Carlos Alcaraz battled back to defeat Damir Dzumhur for his second ATP Challenger Tour title.
Tennishead looks at five things you should know about the 17-year-old Spaniard.
1) Alcaraz has Juan Carlos Ferrero as his coach
Fellow Spaniard and former World No 1 Juan Carlos Ferrero is the coach of Carlos Alcaraz, with Carreno Busta also thought to be supporting Alcaraz after watching him win the Barcelona Challenger title alongside Ferrero.
2) Alcaraz becomes the fifth-youngest player to win multiple titles
After beating Damir Dzumhur in Barcelona, Alcaraz joins elite company by becoming the fifth-youngest player to win multiple titles in the history of the ATP Challenger Tour. At the age of 17 years and five months, only Richard Gasquet, Felix Auger-Aliassime, Rafael Nadal and Bernard Tomic were younger when they won their second title.
3) Alcaraz believes his playing style is similar to Roger Federer
Alcaraz plays a very aggressive style of play with a lot of winners. Alcaraz believes his style is more or less like Roger Federer’s, frequently coming to the net and playing a lot of drop shots. Despite his playing style, Alcaraz’ idol is compatriot Rafael Nadal.
4) Alcaraz favours the clay surface
Alcaraz’ two ATP Challenger titles have come on the clay surface. The 17-year-old prefers the clay surface and his favourite tournament is Roland Garros.
5) Alcaraz won his first ATP tour match aged just 16
At the age of 16, Alcaraz made his ATP main draw debut at the Rio Open earlier this year, defeating fellow countryman Albert Ramos-Vinolas in three hours and 36 minutes, after receiving a wildcard for the singles main draw.
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