Carlos Alcaraz takes 1st place, Novak Djokovic extends Wimbledon reign: Q3 recap | ATP Tour

In the third quarter of the 2022 ATP Tour season, the youngest-ever world No. 1 rose, a familiar face lifted the climb Wimbledon Trophy and two first-time ATP Masters 1000 champions.

Witness an action-packed lawn season Matteo Berretini and Nick Kyrgios deliver a variety of outstanding performances, but it ended with Novak Djokovic his fourth consecutive grass-court major title. The switch to the North American hard courts took place in August Pablo Carreno Busta and Borna Korik previously claiming their first ATP Masters 1000 titles Carlo Alcaraz claimed his first Grand Slam crown in style US Open to achieve first place in the Pepperstone ATP rankings in September.

ATPTour.com reflects all that and more from an exciting few months on the ATP Tour.

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Alcaraz at the top of the world
Despite his promising fourth round run at Wimbledon being ended by its rival #NextGenATP Jannik sinnerAlcaraz cracked the Grand Slam code in dramatic fashion US Openwhere the 19-year-old won his first major title after a high-stakes championship match showdown against Kasper Ruud.

As the New York winner would for the first time claim both his maiden Grand Slam title and top spot in the Pepperstone ATP rankings, it was the #NextGenATP Spaniard who ultimately prevailed. Alcaraz drove to the win in four sets despite spending 20 hours and 19 minutes on the court in six games at Flushing Meadows en route to the final.

“I’ve dreamed of this since I was a child,” said Alcaraz. “Being world No. 1, being champion of a Grand Slam is something I’ve worked really, really hard at [for].”

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Alcaraz had already confirmed his qualification for the Nitto ATP Finals for the first time by reaching the quarterfinals in New York. He now leads the Pepperstone ATP Race To Turin from his compatriot Rafael Nadalwho became the first player to qualify for November’s season finale with his second-round win at Flushing Meadows.

Despite his disappointment with the championship game, Ruud looked back fondly on his fortnight in New York, which propelled him to career No. 2 in the Pepperstone ATP rankings. “I’m very proud to be number 2,” said the Norwegian. “In a way it’s a good thing because I can still chase last place.”

Seventh heaven for Novak at SW19
Novak Djokovic made his move in the Grand Slam title race by jumping to his 22nd major title Wimbledon In early July, just one less than Nadal’s record. The Serb sawed off Sinner, Cameron Norrie and Kyrgios on his way to his fourth consecutive triumph in London, where he now holds an 86-10 match record.

The seven-time No1’s run at the end of the year in London wasn’t without its tense moments, not least as he edged Sinner by two sets before an inspired comeback win in the quarters. The 35-year-old’s seventh title at SW19 puts him in one of Roger Federerrecord, and Djokovic appeared eager for more after beating Kyrgios in four sets in the final. “Every time it becomes more meaningful and special,” he said. “So I’m very blessed and very grateful to be standing here with the trophy.”

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Novak Djokovic celebrates his comeback against victory Jannik sinner at Wimbledon. Credit: Sebastien Bozon/Getty Images

Berrettini finds lawn groove
Another man enjoying the grass in 2022 was Berrettini, who returned to the surface in style in June after three months without playing due to a hand injury. The Italian defeated Andy Murray at which to triumph BOSS OPEN in Stuttgart before successfully defending his Cinch Championships title at the Queen’s Club in London a week later, his seventh tour-level crown.

Though frustratingly forced to miss Wimbledon Due to Covid-19, Berrettini is happy to look back on a turf season in which he won all nine of his games to take his career surface record to 32-6, a feat that put to bed any doubts about his injury recovery. “I arrived in Stuttgart and didn’t have a good feeling,” said Berrettini looking back after winning the cup in London. “I didn’t hit the ball the way I wanted to and I was like, ‘Guys, I think it’s going to be tough’. But it went pretty well!”

Red-Hot Kyrgios doubles in DC
A grass season full of promising performances from Kyrgios culminated in the Australian reaching his maiden Grand Slam final Wimbledonalthough he ultimately failed in his attempts to stop Djokovic from setting out for his seventh crown at SW19.

Kyrgios immediately bounced back from that disappointment when his North American hard-court season got underway in August City open in Washington, DC The eye-popping Australian claimed his seventh ATP Tour title with a win in the US capital, where he also clinched the doubles crown jack sock. “It’s just very emotional for me,” said Kyrgios after his individual victory. “To see where I’ve been from last year so far is just an amazing transformation. I just came out with great energy.”

Victories over the then number 1 in the world Daniel Medvedev both in Montreal and in the US Open were also highlights of an impressive stretch for 27-year-old Kyrgios, who went 26-7 across the grass and North American hard courts and climbed to No. 20 in the Pepperstone ATP rankings after being No. 78 at the start in June.

Carreno Busta Masters Montreal
Carreno Busta’s candid description of 2022 as ‘one of the worst years’ of his career may have required a reassessment of the Spaniard after he stringed together an inspired string of performances to claim his maiden ATP Masters 1000 crown National Bank Open Presented by Rogers in Montréal.

Berrettini, sinners and Hubert Hurkacz were among those the 31-year-old swept aside on the Canadian hard courts in August. “It’s an incredible feeling to be a Masters 1000 winner,” said Carreno Busta after beating Hurkacz in three sets in the final. “It’s definitely the best title of my career and I don’t know how I feel at this moment.”

Coric was born again in Cincinnati
It has been a long and painful road to his third ATP Tour title for former world No. 12 Coric. The Croatian underwent shoulder surgery in May 2021 and took part in the draw at this year’s Western & Southern Open in August with a protected placing after missing most of last season in recovery.

A week later, Coric was the ATP Masters 1000 champion after storming to the title in Cincinnati by dropping just one set. The 25-year-old defeated Nadal, Felix Auger-Aliassime and Norrie en route to the finals, where he completed an emotional victory in the championship game Stefanos Tsitsipas. It was the first tour-level title since 2018 for Coric, who revealed he now needs to put in an extra 30 to 90 minutes a day to prepare his shoulder for the rigors of life on tour.

Kohlschreiber, Querrey, Soares wave goodbye
Eight-time tour track listing Phillip Kohlschreiber ended his 20-year career after failing to qualify for the peloton Wimbledon in June. “The funny thing is, I really didn’t plan on announcing it… I didn’t plan on going there Wimbledon and say maybe, maybe not,” said the German, who reached a career high of No. 16 on the Pepperstone ATP rankings in 2012 and was a consistent presence in the top 100 between March 2006 and February 2021. “It was that exact day I was like, ‘Okay, it’s time.'”

Former world number 11 Sam Querrey also retired after a fall on the first lap US Open. The longest-serving American won 10 tour-level individual trophies over the course of his career and notched up an impressive 23 wins against top-10 opponents. “I was a pretty good big match player,” said Querrey, whose last match was against him Ilya Ivashka in NYC. “I feel like the better the opponent, the better I played and [I] had some great wins.”

An illustrious double career also ended in Flushing Meadows, where the six-time Grand Slam winner was Bruno Soares announced that the tournament would be his last on tour. Hugely popular with fans and fellow players alike, the Brazilian has won 545 tour-level matches and finished 2016 as one half of the year-end doubles No. 1 team Jamie Murray.

Ram/Salisbury win on hard
Rajeev Ram and Joe Salisbury found their form on the North American hard courts to confirm their status as one of the game’s preeminent duos. American Ram and Briton Salisbury clinched their third ATP Masters 1000 trophy in Cincinnati in August before repeating the feat US Openwhere they were the defending champions.

These achievements saw Ram and Salisbury qualify for November Nitto ATP Finals for the fourth year in a row. The duo defeated them in the US Open Championship Match, Pepperstone ATP Live Doubles Teams Ranking Leaders and Montreal Champions Wesley Koolhof and Neal Skupskywas the first team to secure their spot at the season finale with their first-round win in New York.

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