Carlos Alcaraz set to emulate Rafael Nadal

Carlos Alcaraz will become the youngest player to reach the top five since Rafael Nadal in 2005

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Carlos Alcaraz set to emulate Rafael Nadal

Carlos Alcaraz is set to emulate countryman Rafael Nadal as he will become the youngest player to reach the top five since Nadal in 2005.

The 19-year-old Spaniard eased to a 7-6 (2), 6-1 success against Slovakian Alex Molcan and will face Lorenzo Musetti in the Hamburg final on Sunday.

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Alcaraz has won all five of his previous Tour finals, including Masters triumphs in Miami and Madrid earlier this year.

He will pass Casper Ruud, who reached the Gstaad final on Saturday, in the updated rankings which will be released on Monday.

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Italy’s Musetti reached his first ATP Tour final with a 6-3, 7-6 (3) victory over Francisco Cerundolo.

“It means a lot for me,” the 20-year-old said.

“It’s a surprise for me because I was not playing my best tennis last week (in Bastad), so I didn’t expect to be in the final here.”

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