Hamburg Open: Carlos Alcaraz, 19, becomes youngest player in the top five since Rafael Nadal

A photo of Carlos Alcaraz playing tennis
Carlos Alcaraz could overtake Rafael Nadal as the player with the most ATP Tour titles this season if he wins the fifth final in Hamburg

Spanish teenager Carlos Alcaraz will become the youngest player in the ATP rankings’ top five since Rafael Nadal in 2005 after reaching the Hamburg Open final.

Alcaraz, 19, beat Slovakian Alex Molcan 7-6 (7-2) 6-1 and will face Lorenzo Musetti for the title on Sunday.

The Miami Open and Madrid Open Champion won his five previous Tour finals.

“I have a lot of confidence for the final and I hope to make it six by six,” Alcaraz said after his latest victory on clay.

“Lorenzo is playing very well. It’s going to be a great final.”

Nadal was less than a month away from turning 19 when he became fifth in the world for the first time.

Alcaraz is a great admirer of Nadal, beat him in Madrid and also trained with the 22-time Grand Slam champion.

He will overtake Norwegian Casper Ruud when the updated rankings are released on Monday.

Musetti, 20, reached his first Tour final with a 6-3 7-6 (7-3) victory over Francisco Cerundolo.

The world number 62 said he was surprised by the way he landed a meeting with the top seed in Hamburg following his first-round elimination at the Swedish Open.

“I wasn’t playing my best tennis last week,” Musetti said. “I didn’t expect to be in the final here.”

Pera shocks Kontaveit and wins title

World number 81 Bernarda Pera won her second title in seven days by defeating Anett Kontaveit 6-2 6-4 to claim the women’s singles title in Hamburg.

After tasting WTA Tour glory for the first time in Budapest last week, Pera claimed his 12th straight win to surprise the Estonian world number two.

The American Pera won her 24th consecutive set to take the win and should enter the top 60 of the rankings, having been number 130 in the world when she arrived in Budapest.

Swiss Open: Berrettini takes on Ruud in the final

Matteo Berrettini interrupted Dominic Thiem’s ​​impressive return to action by defeating the former world number three 6-1 6-4 to score a final against defending champion Ruud in the Swiss Open final in Gstaad.

Thiem missed the grass season after a tough run of results when he initially returned from a long-term wrist injury in March.

Number 15 in the world, Berrettini was playing his first event since Withdrawing from Wimbledon with Covid-19 and it took just 77 minutes to win the 2020 US Open champion.

Seed Ruud will look to end Berrettini’s 12-game winning streak after needing just an hour to defeat Spain’s Albert Ramos 6-2 6-0.

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