Earthquake in the fight for the number 1 of the ATP. The round of 16 of US Open the tables have turned and now it’s Carlos Alcaraz (El Palmar, 2003) who is in a privileged position to sit on the throne. His long-suffering victory over Marin Cilic In almost four hours of play, he gets closer to fulfilling his dream.
Alcaraz depends on himself after the eliminations of Daniel Medvedev (6(11)-7, 6-3, 3-6 and 2-6, against Nick Kyrgios) Y Rafael Nadal (6-4, 4-6, 6-4 and 6-3, before Frances Tiafoe). The Russian loses the crown and the man from Manacori can still put it on if certain results are achieved in the remainder of the US Open.
Nadal is the virtual number 1, but two tennis players can prevent that from materializing next Monday, September 12. One is Alcaraz and the other, Casper Ruud (#7 in the world). The Norwegian can also jump to the top of the ATP rankings and is Carlos’ great rival on the court for the rest of the tournament.
[Nadal: “Necesito regresar a casa y arreglar cosas, la vida; no sé cuándo voy a volver a competir”]
Nadal’s defeat has been key in Alcaraz’s aspirations to be number 1. If the Spaniard had won, Carlos would have been forced to win the US Open. That is to say, the Murcian should have conquered his first Grand Slam yes or yes to become the king of the circuit.
Alcaraz has his first ‘great’ within reach and, in addition, to become the youngest number 1 in history at 19 years old. Currently, that record belongs to Lleyton Hewittwho achieved it with 20 years, 8 months and 23 days.
What changes Nadal’s KO in the round of 16? Alcaraz is no longer required to win the US Open and reduces his obligation to reach the final. Of course, he would not be worth ‘alone’ with that if his rival for his title was Casper Ruud. In that case, he should beat the Norwegian to be the next number 1 in the world.
Alcaraz and Ruud are on opposite sides of the draw and could only meet in the final. The Norwegian is in the same position as the Spaniard after Nadal’s goodbye. He will be number 1 if he makes it to the finals and Carlos doesn’t. If both arrive, the fight will be for the US Open and the throne of the ATP ranking.
Alcaraz vs. Sinner
Neither of them will have an easy path to the final. Alcaraz will face the Italian in the quarterfinals Jannik Sinnernumber 13 in the world and executioner in the past Wimbledon and in the last final in Umag. In addition, Carlos must recover from the effort made during the match against Cilic.
Sinner also reaches the quarterfinals after a difficult victory, against the Belarusian Ilya Ivashka (1-6, 7-5, 2-6, 6-4 and 3-6). The semis rival for Carlos or the Italian will come out of the duel between the Russian Andrew Rublev and the American Tiafoe, who is in high spirits after beating Nadal against his people.
Ruud and the shadow of Kyrgios
As for Ruud, it could be said that he has it even harder to reach the final. In quarters it will be measured against another Italian, Matteo Berrettini (No. 14 in the world). The tennis player born in Rome eliminated the Spanish Davidovich in a tough five-set match (6-3, 6(2)-7, 3-6, 6-4 and 2-6) and this year he already lost in Switzerland against Ruud.
The great threat on that side of the picture has its own name: Nick Kyrgios. The Australian is, together with Alcaraz and Ruud, the favorite for the title. After losing the Wimbledon final to Djokovicthe controversial tennis player does not want to miss another opportunity to win his first Grand Slam. In quarters it is measured at Karen Kachanov.
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