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‘A lot has happened’: 100 wins and counting for Carlos Alcaraz

Carlos Alcaraz has reached a century of wins on the ATP tour quicker than any other man – except one

Carlos Alcaraz Mar 11, 2023; Indian Wells, CA, USA; Carlos Alcaraz (ESP) hits a backhand during his second round match against Thanasi Kokkinakis (AUS) during the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells Tennis Garden (AI/Reuters/Panoramic)

In Rio three years ago, a young Spaniard picked up his first-ever win on the ATP tour, defeating his compatriot (and the tournament’s seventh seed) Albert Ramos-Vinolas 7-6, 6-4, 7-6.

In 2023, that young Spaniard – Carlos Alcaraz, of course – has since won a Grand Slam and risen to the very top of the rankings – and passed a century of match victories.

“A lot has happened since that first ATP win,” the 19-year-old reflected after beating Tallon Griekspoor at the BNP Paribas Open. “I’m really proud of myself to have my 100th win on the tour in 132 matches. I saw I was the second player in history with less matches to be able to get into 100, you know, win. Yeah, I’m really proud of myself about that.”

Indeed, Alcaraz is only behind John McEnroe in that particular race (the American achieved the century with just 31 defeats). Another American, Andre Agassi, was younger than both when he reached his century at the age of 18, with 35 defeats along the way.

As of last week, Alcaraz enjoys a winning percentage of 66.7% on grass, 72.3% on hard courts, and 79.7% on clay.

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