On 5 May 2021 in the Madrid Open in the second round there was a match between Nadal and and the 18 year-old Alcaraz - easily won by Nadal. After the match Nadal and the organizers of the event presented Alcaraz wit a birth day cake in the form of a fantasy castle and Nadal said we will see a lot of this youngster not yet in the op 100 ranked players inn future.
We did hear a lot of Alcaras and the story really started in July 2021 when he won the Croatia Open - his first ATP title. Since then in tournaments he defeated -
* Tsitsipas in the US Open in 2021
* Berrettini in the Vienna Open
* Ruud in the Argentine Open in January 2022
* Berrettini in the Brazil Open in 2022
* Caper Ruud in the Miami Open
* Norrie at Indian Wells in 2022
* Tsitsipas in the Barcelona Open
Being the youngest player Alcaraz won the Next Generations Finals Tournament in Turin in 2021 beating the following promising youngsters in the tournament - Nakashima, Cerundolo,Rune, Baez and Korda.
So what happened subsequently in matches against Nadal -
* Alcaras lost in three sets in the Indian Wells semi-final in 2022; but
* a day after his 19th birthday he beat Nadal in the same Madrid Open - this time in the quarterfinal.
Now onto the Madrid Semi-final today against Djokovic. Should he as expected beat Djokovic he will play either Tsitsipas or Zverev in the final.
In the world Tennis rankings he reached the number 46 ranking in November 2021 and then he really started going up rapidly in the rankings to number 31 - then number 19 - then number 14 - before the Madrid tournament no 9. Should he win the Madrid trophy he will reach no 6 in the world ranking as a 19-yar old.