Carlos Alcaraz is also now officially the youngest tennis player in history to end the year as world number one. In the ATP ranking published on Monday, he is ahead of his compatriot Rafael Nadal and the Norwegian Casper Ruud, who is 17 years his senior. The latter jumped from four to three thanks to his place in the final at the ATP Finals over the Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas.
The Serbian Novak Djokovic won the season final a sixth time by beating Ruud 7-5 and 6-3 and moved up from eighth to fifth place. Alcaraz had to miss the ATP Finals due to an abdominal muscle injury, but Nadal and Tsitsipas, both eliminated in the group stage, failed to dethrone him in Turin. The winner of the US Open is 19 years and 214 days young. He takes over the record from Australia’s Lleyton Hewitt, who was 20 years and 275 days old when he finished the 2001 season as number one.
David Goffin ends a season that he started as number 39 in 53rd place. Zizou Bergs is 133rd and with Kimmer Coppejans in 199th place, there is just a third Belgian in the top two hundred.