Rafael Nadal was the leader of the ATP race for eight months. Rafa missed the second half of last year due to a foot injury and returned stronger in early 2022. 0 before prevailing in five sets after five hours and 24 minutes.
With that, the Spaniard took his first Australian Open crown in 13 years and sat at the top of the ATP race for the first time in a long time. Rafa conquered the ATP 500 event in Acapulco over Medvedev and Cameron Norrie, staying perfect in 2022 and going to Indian Wells as a favourite.
Nadal suffered a fractured rib and was unable to do much against Taylor Fritz in the title fight, losing for the first time this year and skipping Monte Carlo and Barcelona. The Spaniard returned in Madrid and Rome not playing his best tennis, struggling with a foot injury and casting dark clouds over his preparation for Roland Garros.
As so often before, Nadal was a player to beat in Paris, receiving injections before every game and taking down seven rivals to secure his 22nd Major title! Rafa defeated Novak Djokovic, Alexander Zverev and Casper Ruud en route to his 14th Roland Garros trophy, cementing his lead in the ATP race and becoming the year-end No.
1 favorite. Nadal received no points for the Wimbledon semifinals and left London with an abdominal injury that threatened his summer swing on hard court. Skipping Montreal, Rafa suffered an early loss to Borna Coric in Cincinnati.
With no form or games, the Spaniard lost to Frances Tiafoe in the fourth round and lost a chance to become world No. 1. 1 at 36. On the other hand, 19-year-old Carlos Alcaraz was ready to challenge his tall compatriot after achieving incredible results not seen at that age since Rafa himself!
Carlos Alcaraz leads the ATP Race ahead of Rafael Nadal.
Carlos capitalized on his chances and passed Rafa as the ATP race leader after the US Open, building a 650-point lead over the 22-time Major winner to finish the year as the No.
1 favorite! The young savage suffered a narrow defeat at the Australian Open to Matteo Berrettini before conquering the ATP 500 event in Rio de Janeiro. Losing the Indian Wells semi-final after a fantastic fight against Rafa, Carlos moved up two steps in Miami to become the third youngest Masters 1000 champion!
The young Spaniard clinched the trophy for 500 points and a place in the top-10 in Barcelona at the end of April. Alcaraz didn’t stop there, defeating Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Alexander Zverev en route to his second Masters 1000 title in a month and a half in Madrid.
Carlos became the contender for the ATP race leader and added more points with the quarter-final run at Roland Garros. Losing two ATP Finals in Hamburg and Umag on clay, Alcaraz traveled to New York as one of the favourites. Carlos was number 1 in the world.
4 before the US Open and had a chance to become the youngest world No. 1. 1 in ATP history. As we said earlier, Nadal crashed on lap four, leaving the door wide open for Alcaraz and Casper Ruud to pass him. Alcaraz and Ruud met in the US Open final and fought for the first Major title and the ATP throne.
Carlos delivered a 6-4, 2-6, 7-6, 6-3 win in three hours and 20 minutes for a career-best result and a place in history. At 19 years and four months, Alcaraz became the first teenager on the ATP throne. He also sits in the driver’s seat to take on the year-end number. 1 Honor, built a healthy lead over the rest of the field and was hoping to confirm it in Astana, Basel, Paris and Torino.