Spain’s tennis hope Carlos Alcaraz has reached the top 10 of the world rankings and is following in Rafael Nadal’s footsteps.

Shooting star Alcaraz is the youngest player since his Spanish compatriot Nadal to reach the top 10 of the ATP world rankings. In 2005, the Grand Slam record winner made the leap at the age of 18, and on Monday Alcaraz followed suit by winning the tournament in Barcelona at the same age.

Nadal had even made it into the top ten 17 years ago on the same day and also after a triumph in Barcelona. Alcaraz, who is now ranked ninth in the world, was the youngest professional to win the hard-court Masters in Miami, and his success in Barcelona was his third tournament victory this year. Until now, he had been ranked eleventh.

Zverev still third, Kerber slips down the rankings

Alexander Zverev remains third in the current rankings behind Novak Djokovic and Daniil Medvedev and is immediately ahead of Nadal. The second best German is Oscar Otte in 62nd place.

In the women’s singles, Poland’s Iga Swiatek continues to lead after her Stuttgart triumph, but now ahead of Spain’s Paula Badosa, who overtook Czech Barbora Krejcikova. The best German, Angelique Kerber, slipped two positions to P19.