Being number one put a lot of pressure on Carlos Alcaraz. The young Spanish tennis player has burned all the stages of this year and, one step away from the end of the season, has achieved the two goals he set for himself as a child: win a Grand Slam title and become number one in the world.
The US Open final against Casper Ruud gave him these two successes, which were surprising. Since his last match at Flushing Meadows, in fact, the Spanish number one has struggled to find himself and to find victory. His first loss came in the Davis Cup, against Félix Auger-Aliassime, in his first match as world number one.
Nothing has been done against Kwon, who has given Spain access to the final phase. A parenthesis, however, before another fall: in his debut match at the Astana Open, came the loss against David Goffin. The Belgian entered the main draw as a lucky loser, after losing in the qualifying round to Luca Nardi.
However, Alcaraz is not the only world number one who has lost to a lucky loser. Three number ones have also lost to a lucky loser in their careers. For Roger Federer you have to go back to 2007: for the Swiss champion, it was a defeat against Cañas at the Masters 1000 in Indian Wells.
Andy Murray also suffered the same fate: in the third round of the 2017 Madrid Masters 1000, he fell at the hands of lucky loser Borna Coric. Closing this statistic is Novak Djokovic, as well as the most recent reference, that is, in 2020.
The Serbian tennis player was number one in the world when he was defeated in the quarterfinals of the Vienna 500 tournament by the Italian Lorenzo Sonego, who also entered in the main draw as a lucky loser.
Federer won 20 Grand Slam titles
Juan Igniaco Chela, the former Argentine champion, winner of six titles on the ATP circuit, was questioned at length by our colleagues from La Nacion.
He mentioned a good number of subjects such as his retraining as a coach without forgetting the retirement of the Swiss, Roger Federer. The former 15th player in the world, and current Argentinian coach Diego Schwartzman explained, like many, that he could not hold back his tears and his emotion when reading the letter from the maestro announcing his retirement.
“The truth is that I cried. It was hard. I think this is the first time I have cried for tennis. I was at home and when I saw the news it was like… In fact, he was like retired, because he hadn’t played for a year, but we were all hoping to see him one last time.
He said he was getting ready, that he was fine. I said to myself: He is such a genius that maybe at some point he will come back and do something. The news was like a bomb, and everything about the Laver Cup, the retirement, with Rafa crying, it was impressive, it was very emotional”, said the Argentinian.