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 table of the tournament.
The young 18-year-old tennis player from Murcia is in Portugal this week, playing the Oleiras 3 tournament of the ATP Challenger Tour, where he has already reached the semifinals of the tournament. after defeating Japanese Yasutaka Uchiyama (6-0 and 6-3) in the first round, American Brandon Nakashima (3-6, 6-4 and 6-4) in the round of 16 and Portuguese Gastao Elias (7 -5 and 6-4).
Alcaraz faces the semifinals of the tournament this Friday against the Japanese Taro Daniel, a rival that he has not yet faced on the ATP circuit. The winner of this match will be measured in the final against the winner of the other semifinal between the Argentine Facundo Bagnis and the French Hugo Gaston. A challenge to get to Paris in the best possible way.
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 Oleiras 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.