Carlos Alcaraz Garfia is only 17 years old and has reached his first ATP tour semi-final! It’s the youngest since Zverev in Hamburg 2014.
Carlos Alcaraz Garfia moved into the semi-final in the Anytech ATP 250 in Marbella, Spain after defeating Casper Ruud in straight sets: 6-2 6-4. With his victory, Alcaraz set a dream semi-final line-up for Spanish tennis fans in Marbella. All four semi-finalists at the ATP 250 event hail from Spain, with Alcaraz set to face countryman Jaume Munar for a shot at the championship match.
How far can he go?
Tennis pundits have talked about Carlos Alcaraz in glowing terms for quite a while now and it seems like the hype is real. Breaking through on ATP level at the age of 17 is a good sign of things to come, but the next couple of years will be crucial. We haven’t even finished talking about Sinner’s potential when Alcaraz arrives on the scene.
Alcaraz should be in good hands though. He is coached by Juan Carlos Ferrero, a relationship that didn’t work well for Alexander Zverev, but seems less complicated for Alcaraz.
It’s always difficult to predict or talk about a young player’s potential. We need to see more. But you can’t deny that Carlos Alcaraz is a fascinating player to watch, with a varied all-court game, seemingly without flaws already at the tender age of 17.
What racquet does Alcaraz use?
Carlos Alcaraz Garfia uses the Babolat Pure Aero VS strung Babolat RPM Blast. I don’t know any more than this, so if you have more information, please comment below or use the contact us form. He has recently made the switch as before he was the regular Pure Aero. It’s a change that makes sense as the 98 sq inch Aero VS offers better control thanks to its smaller head size and tighter string pattern (16×20).
You can find out about more spin racquets that offer good control here.
It will be interesting to follow Alcaraz Garfia’s progress during the 2021 season!