The Spanish Carlos Alcaraz, barely 17 years old, was crowned champion at the Trieste Challenger in 2020, he reached his best ranking (136) and now, at 141, he is one game away from getting into the first Grand Slam of his career at the Australian Open.
He defeated Russian Evgeny Karlovskiy 7-6 (1) and 7-6 (4) after two hours and eighteen minutes in the second round of qualifying.
On the list of the earliest active players to achieve a Challenger title, he was among the illustrious names of: Richard Gasquet (16 years and 19 days), Bernard Tomic (16 years and four months), Rafael Nadal (16 years and nine months), Felix Auger-Aliassime (16 years and 10 months), Novak Djokovic (17 years and one day ), Juan Martín Del Potro (17 years and one month) and Alexander Zverev (17 years and two months).
This 1.85 meter player dazzles with his rapid evolution and his powerful backcourt game with the classic claw that characterizes his countrymen. Now he only has one stumbling block left in the standings: Hugo Dellien. Not easy. Nothing impossible.