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Carlos Alcaraz has achieved another incredible milestone! The 19-year-old scored his milestone 100th ATP victory in the Indian Wells third round and wrote history books. Carlos needed only 132 matches to earn a notable achievement, standing second on the list in the Open era behind John McEnroe, who needed one encounter less! For example, a 22-time Major winner Rafael Nadal required 137 matches on the main level to achieve his 100th victory, five more than Alcaraz. Carlos kicked off his ATP journey in Rio de Janeiro three years ago, scoring his first ATP victory and playing Challengers for the rest of the season. The youngster was ready to show his rich talent on the main scene in 2021, winning 32 out of 49 matches and wrapping up the season right outside the top-30. Hungry for more, Carlos became the world’s leading player in 2022 following a Major crown and two Masters 1000 shields! A teenager was 57-13 in a stellar season, making him the youngest year-end no. 1 player in ATP history.

Struggling with injuries, Alcaraz missed the ATP Finals at the end of the year and the Australian Open this January. The Spaniard returned to action in February, finding his form again and winning ten out of 11 matches in 2023. He toppled Tallo Griekspoor 7-6, 6-3 in the Indian Wells third round for the ATP win no. 100. The Spaniard played better behind the second serve and defended both break points. Tallon endured the pressure in the opening set, reaching a tie break and dropping serve once in set number two to push a teenager through. The Dutch player held at 15 in the encounter’s first game, and the Spaniard responded with a hold at love in game two. Tallon saved two break points in the third game to avoid an early setback, and they both served well in the rest of the set to introduce a tie break. A teenager landed a backhand down the line winner in the opening point for a mini-break before spraying a forehand error at 2-0. Alcaraz grabbed another mini-break in the fifth point and forged a 5-2 advantage with a service winner.

Carlos Alcaraz needed only 132 matches to earn his 100th ATP victory. 

Tallon sprayed a forehand error in the ninth point and offered Carlos three set points. The Spaniard converted the second with a forehand winner for 7-4 after 59 minutes. The start of the second set provided break chances for both players. Carlos broke first in the third game after forcing the rival’s mistake. A teenager defended two break points in the third game and closed it with a cracking forehand crosscourt winner to open a 3-0 gap. Alcaraz served well in games five and seven and moved closer to the finish line. Griekspoor saved a match point in the eighth game and brought it home to reduce the deficit. Carlos served for the victory at 5-3 and found himself 30-0 down. The Spaniard claimed the third point with a volley winner at the net and created a match point with a smash winner. Griekspoor sprayed a forehand error to propel Alcaraz into the next round, with the young gun celebrating his 100th ATP victory at 19! 

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