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Stat of the Day: Alcaraz becomes youngest man to record 60 wins in a season since Djokovic in 2007
The 20-year-old notched his 60th win of 2023—the first player to do so—with a 6-2, 6-2 victory over Lorenzo Musetti in Beijing.
Published Oct 01, 2023
Carlos Alcaraz looked as sharp as ever in Beijing on Sunday, never getting broken and fighting off all three break points he faced for a 6-2, 6-2 second-round victory over Lorenzo Musetti at the ATP 500 event.
With the victory, Alcaraz not only reached 60 tour-level wins in a season for the first time in his career (he's now 60-7), but he’s actually the first player, male or female, to record 60 tour-level wins this season.
And there’s more.
Alcaraz is the youngest man to record 60 wins in a season since 2007, when Novak Djokovic hit that number as a slightly younger 20-year-old.
As of Sunday, Alcaraz is exactly 20 years, four months and 26 days. Djokovic was 20 years, four months and one day when he struck 60 in 2007—on September 23rd, 2007, to be exact—when he defeated Chris Guccione, 6-3, 7-6 (3), 7-6 (5), in a Davis Cup World Group play-off tie between Serbia and Australia, which was held in Belgrade.
That victory actually clinched the tie for Serbia and put them into the World Group for the first time as an independent nation.
Djokovic would eventually finish 2007 with 68 wins on the board and went on to win the first of his now-record 24 career Grand Slam titles a few months later at the 2008 Australian Open.
Djokovic and Alcaraz are two of five men to record 60 or more wins in a season while they've been under 21 years old since 2000, alongside Marat Safin, Lleyton Hewitt (who did it twice) and Rafael Nadal.
MEN UNDER 21 TO REACH 60 WINS IN A SEASON (since 2000):
~ 19 years & 2 months: Nadal in 2005
~ 19 years & 9 months: Hewitt in 2000
~ 20 years & 4 months: Djokovic in 2007
~ 20 years & 4 months: Alcaraz in 2023
~ 20 years & 6 months: Hewitt in 2001
~ 20 years & 9 months: Safin in 2000