Alcaraz Has Been Indian Wells’ Youngest Tennis Player Since 1989

18-year-old Spaniard Carlos Alcaraz made history at the 2022 Indian Wells Masters as the youngest player to reach the Indian Wells quarter-finals since 17-year-old Michael Chang in 1989.

Against French player, Gael Monfils, in the last 16, Alcaraz performed superbly to record a 7-5, 6-1 straight sets victory in a 1 hour 17 minute fight.

« It means a lot to me, » Alcaraz said of the achievement ATPThursday (17/3).

« It’s really special to be in the quarter-finals of the Masters 1000 tournament. I’m very proud of the level I played at this tournament. I love this tournament and being in the quarter-finals here is a pretty good achievement. »

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This was the ninth consecutive win for Alcaraz since winning the Rio Open trophy at the end of February. He also increased his winning streak over Monfils to 1-0.

Mentioned by Alcaraz, drop shot being his main weapon in this match, he was also happy to be able to display some of his best dorp shots throughout the match.

« Drop shot is the (weapon) I have, » he said of one of his favorite tactics. « It’s good to have it in tough times, in times of tight battle, to use it. It helps, » said Alcaraz.

In the quarter-finals, Alcaraz will next face British tennis player Cameron Norrie, who defeated Jenson Brooksby in straight sets 6-2 and 6-4.

Against Norrie who is seeded 12th in this tournament, Alcaraz looks not worried he is even confident that he will put up a strong fight in the match.

« I will be happy if I can maintain the level that I displayed in this match (16th), » said Alcaraz after his scintillating display.

« But I’ve always said that you can improve every day, you can do better every day. » (Rif/ATP/OL-09)