Carlos Alcaraz faces one of his last tests this week before facing the preliminary phase of Roland Garros, where he hopes to continue growing if he manages to access the final draw of the tournament.
The 18-year-old young tennis player from Murcia is in Portugal this week playing the Oeiras 3 tournament of the ATP Challenger Tour, where he has reached the final after defeating the Japanese Taro Daniel 6-2, 5-7 and 6-2. Before, I had won Japan's Yasutaka Uchiyama (6-0 and 6-3), American Brandon Nakashima (3-6, 6-4 and 6-4) in the round of 16 and Portuguese Gastao Elias (7-5 and 6-4) in the quarterfinals ). His rival in the final will be Facundo Bagnis.
Could be Top-100 before Roland Garros
In the event that Carlos Alcaraz lifts the champion title, which would be his fourth title in an ATP Challenger Tour tournament after those achieved in Trieste, Barcelona and Alicante last year, this would have a very special meaning for Alcaraz, who at 18 years it could enter the Top-100 of the ranking next week.
According to the Live Tennis portal, Alcaraz will reach its best historical ranking next week, since having reached the semifinals in Oeiras it will rise, at least, to position 108 with 735 points (now it occupies position 114 with 695).
However, if Alcaraz reaches the final of the tournament, he will have 765 points, at the gates of a Top-100 that this week the Kazakh Mikhail Kukushkin closes with 772 points, but to which he would enter yes or yes with the title in Oleiras, since he could add a maximum of 815 points in the case of proclaiming himself champion. One more encouragement for Alcaraz before facing the demanding challenge of the preliminary phase to be able to play his first final frame at Roland Garros.