Carlos Alcaraz Matches Roger Federer in Sensational Teenage Record at ATP Marbella Open 2021

Published 04/10/2021, 12:00 PM EDT
Roger Federer of Switzerland returns a shot during his Men’s Singles fourth round match against David Goffin of Belgium on day seven of the 2019 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 01, 2019 in Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Emilee Chinn/Getty Images)


Swiss star Roger Federer mesmerized the world since he was a teenager. Interestingly, similar to Federer, Spanish rising talent Carlos Alcaraz is grabbing headlines for all the right reasons. The 17-year-old player is currently in Spain, competing at the ATP Marbella Open 2021. He has reached the semifinal of an ATP event for the first time in his career. 

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In doing so, the Spaniard joined Swiss tennis superstar Roger Federer in an incredible achievement. Both players have won seven matches on the men’s Tour as teenagers. Although, Carlos has the opportunity to extend those figures and create a separate record for himself. 

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Carlos Alcaraz can go past Roger Federer very soon

From the existing active players, former World No. 1 Rafael Nadal and Russian genius Andrey Rublev are ahead of the 39-year-old Roger Federer and 17-year-old Carlos Alcaraz. The Russian player won eight matches as a teenager, which makes it possible for Carlos to go past him in the near future. 

On the other hand, Rafa won 31 matches as a teenage talent. The great Swede, Bjorn Borg topped the list with 110 wins. That record sounds impossible to be broken. 

Coming to Federer, he returned back on Tour after being on the sidelines for more than a year. After the Australian Open in the previous season, the Swiss ace played his first tournament at the ATP Doha Open 2021. After winning his opening-round match, the veteran lost in the next match. However, he was content with the result he achieved. 

Roger Federer (SUI) during the French Open Tennis at Stade Roland-Garros, Paris. (Credit: Jon Bromley | MI News) (Photo by MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Roger Federer skipped Dubai and Miami this season

Later, he was scheduled to play at the ATP Dubai Tennis Championships in the following week but pulled out as he felt the need to concentrate on the practice sessions. He skipped the Miami Open and indicated to resume his season on the clay-court events.

Although, he is not featuring at the season’s first ATP Masters 1000 clay-court event in Monte Carlo. There is speculation that he may play at the ATP Madrid Masters, beginning in May. In the current season, he wishes to play at the French Open

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Reflecting on Alcaraz, he beat Feliciano Lopez in the earlier round at the ATP Marbella Open 2021. At the moment, he has reached his first semifinal at an ATP event and will play fellow Spaniard Jaume Munar today. 

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Rohan Kollare is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. Rohan has a post-graduate diploma in Sports Management and a trophy cabinet adorned with accolades won in district and state-level tennis competitions. He has previously worked in Content Operations for Disney’s Hotstar for over a year, covering tennis and Formula One.

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