Carlos Alcaraz honors Rafael Nadal: 'I'm proud to share this moment..'

“I’m proud to share this moment.”

October 3, 2022 will remain written in golden letters in the history of Spanish tennis. Carlos Alcaraz and Rafael Nadal are the world’s best players, repeating what Pete Sampras and Andre Agassi did for the United States back in 2000.

Alcaraz shared a message with his fans in which he was delighted with this achievement and shared it with Rafael Nadal. Carlos and Rafa have been the players to beat this year, winning three Major titles and outpacing the opposition.

It only took a teenager a few years to go from rising star to world No. 1. 1. Alcaraz started the current season outside the top-30 and cracked the top-10 four months later after winning a Masters 1000 crown and two ATP 500 events.

Carlos didn’t stop there, toppling Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Alexander Zverev en route to his second Masters 1000 title in front of a home crowd in Madrid. Losing two ATP Finals in Hamburg and Umag on clay in July, Alcaraz traveled to New York as one of the title favorites.

Carlos had a chance to become the youngest world No. 1. 1 in ATP history with a deep run at the final major of the season. Nadal and Medvedev left the door open for Alcaraz and Casper Ruud, and they risked it with both hands. Alcaraz and Ruud met in the US Open final and fought for the first Major title and the ATP throne.

Carlos Alcaraz and Rafael Nadal will top the ATP rankings on Monday.

Carlos scored a 6-4, 2-6, 7-6, 6-3 win in three hours and 20 minutes for a place in history. If he plays well for the rest of the season, Alcaraz is in a good position to become the youngest No. 1 at the end of the year.

1. Nadal is back in the top-2 for the first time since May 2021. Rafa won’t defend any points until the end of the season. He should follow Carlos in the year-end top-2 when he returns to the pitch in the coming weeks recovering from an abdominal injury.

Nadal started the season with three consecutive titles, including his first Australian Open title in 13 years. Rafa broke a rib in Indian Wells and lost the final to Taylor Fritz. The Spaniard skipped Monte Carlo and Barcelona and failed to play well in Madrid and Rome, 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 securing his 22nd Major title! Nadal withdrew ahead of the Wimbledon semifinals 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 suffered the fourth-round loss to Frances Tiafoe and missed a chance to become world No. 1. 1 at 36. Nadal played alongside Roger Federer at the Laver Cup and we should see when he will compete again.

“Two Spaniards at the top of the rankings! I’m proud to share this historic moment with Rafael Nadal, the greatest player of all time! Come on!” said Carlos Alcaraz.

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