The stunning year of men’s tennis

Carlos Alcaraz (19) and Rafael Nadal (36), winners in the quarter-finals of the Madrid tournament last May by the first against the German Alexander Zverev. The two Spaniards respectively occupy the first two places in the world ranking. Mutsu Kawamori/Mutsu Kawamori/AFLO

DECRYPTION – Novak Djokovic’s coronation at the Masters ended a season rich in twists and turns.

Federer’s retirement, the advent of Alcaraz, Djokovic’s administrative and Nadal’s physical setbacks… a look back at the many highlights of 2022.

The Alcaraz prodigy writes history

Communicative smile, ultra-complete game, mental strength, endurance and resilience, Carlos Alcaraz, 19, confirms that value does not wait for the number of years with a Grand Slam title (US Open) and the place of world number one at the key. His bright season was also rich with two titles in Masters 1000 (Miami and Madrid) and two ATP 250 (Rio, Barcelona). Juan Carlos Ferrero’s protege did better than Australian Lleyton Hewitt (20 years and 9 months) by becoming the youngest number 1 in history and made an impression like Pete Sampras, crowned at the US Open at 19 years and 28 days in 1990 or Rafael Nadal, winner at Roland-Garros at 19 years and 2 days in 2005.

Ruud, Rune, Auger-Aliassime… youth asserts itself

Youth no longer have complexes. Finalist at Roland-Garros and at the US Open, at the Turin Masters and at the Miami Masters 1000, the 23-year-old Norwegian Casper Ruud has not…

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