Historical for Spain: four locals reached the semifinals of an ATP tournament in their country, for the second time, in this case with a young man who asks for more and more clues. Carlos Alcaraz, the youngest of all, at just 17 years old, also broke several important records due to his young age when he reached the semis on the professional circuit.
In addition to Alcaraz, Pablo Carreño Busta, Albert Ramos-Viñolas and Jaume Munar are in the semifinals in Marbella, in Andalusia. A native of El Palmar, Murcia, the young Alcaraz is less than a month away from his 18th birthday and is experiencing his best championship on the major ATP circuit.
Until this tournament, Alcaraz had four wins in singles on the ATP Tour and now has three in Marbella. Thus, he became the youngest semifinalist since the German Alexander Zverev in Hamburg in 2014 and the youngest Spanish in that instance since Rafael Nadal in Auckland in 2004.
Thus, the right-hander Alcaraz became the first male born in 2003 to reach an ATP semi-final. On May 5, he will be 18 years old, the age of majority, but he is already getting big supported by his solid game on slow courts.
Alcaraz, with his victory over Norwegian Christian Ruud in the Marbella quarter-finals, is the second active player with the most ATP tournament wins before his 18th birthday. Nadal leads the list, with 30, followed by Alcaraz with seven, the Swiss Roger Federer got six, five the aforementioned Zverev and one Serbian Novak Djokovic, current No. 1 in the world.
For this reason, Alcaraz made a lot of noise this Friday in his country and is not satisfied, in search of other historical records. He has reasons to be excited …