Rafael Nadal and Carlos Alcaraz will play exhibition match in Vegas

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Rafael Nadal and Carlos Alcaraz will play an exhibition match in LAS VEGAS next year as the two Spaniards at the top of the men’s rankings resume the rivalry in a boxing-style event

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Rafael Nadal and Carlos Alcaraz will resume their age-old rivalry at an exhibition game in Las Vegas on March 5.

Nadal, who is 36, has a men’s record 22 Grand Slam titles, including two in 2022 at the Australian Open in January and French Open in June, while Alcaraz, 19, won his first major trophy at the US Open in September.

The two Spaniards finished 1-2 in the ATP rankings this year: Alcaraz is the youngest man to finish at number 1, while Nadal is the oldest to finish at number 2.

Rafael Nadal and Carlos Alcaraz will resume their age-old rivalry in an exhibition game

Rafael Nadal and Carlos Alcaraz will resume their age-old rivalry in an exhibition game

They are also the first two compatriots to top the men’s ranking since Americans Pete Sampras and Michael Chang in 1996.

The match – billed in boxing style as “The Slam: Nadal vs. Alcaraz’ – is held at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.

Tickets go on sale Friday.

The two Spaniards finished 1-2 on the ATP rankings this year and will face off in a boxing event

The two Spaniards finished 1-2 on the ATP rankings this year and will face off in a boxing event

The two Spaniards finished 1-2 on the ATP rankings this year and will face off in a boxing event

Nadal and Alcaraz have played each other three times in official tournaments, all at Masters 1000 events.

Nadal leads 2-1, with Alcaraz winning in their most recent meeting, in May on red clay in Madrid.

Alcaraz, who turned 19 in May, has been at the top of the rankings since winning his first Grand Slam title at the US Open in September by beating Casper Ruud in the final.

That made Alcaraz the first male teen at No. 1 since the automated ATP rankings began in 1973.

He is the first man in 20 years other than Nadal, Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic or Andy Murray – since Andy Roddick in 2003 – to finish at No. 1.