Carlos Alcaraz won the first Major title at the US Open. The 19-year-old took the opportunity from him and knocked down seven rivals to become the seventh youngest winner of a Major in the Open Era. In addition, the Spaniard became the world number 1 on Monday, making history as the only teenager on the ATP throne.
Alcaraz was fourth before the US Open and has entered the top-3 and top-2 for the first time. Carlos is the fourth youngest player in the top two since the inception of the ATP rankings in 1973, joining Boris Becker, Bjorn Borg and Rafael Nadal on the list of teenagers who have made it.
Bjorn Borg did it in 1975, and Boris Becker followed in 1986. We had to wait almost two decades to see another teenager in the top two, as Rafael Nadal entered the group a month after capturing his first Grand Slam crown. in Paris.
Carlos Alcaraz joined the party 17 years after the oldest Spaniard, breaking into the top-2 at 19 years and four months and writing the history books. Carlos is three months older than Rafa when it comes to entering the top-2, and it is still a great achievement that will be difficult to repeat for the next youngsters.
Alcaraz closed out the 2021 season with the semifinal in Vienna and the third round in Paris before conquering the ATP Next Gen Finals in Milan. Carlos started the 2022 season from outside the top 30 and pushed Matteo Berrettini to the limit at the Australian Open, losing in the deciding tiebreak.
In February, Alcaraz became the youngest ATP 500 champion in Rio de Janeiro and broke into the top 20 a day later. The youngster lost an epic semi-final in Indian Wells to Rafael Nadal before recovering in Miami to become the third-youngest Masters 1000 champion.
At that point, a top-10 berth became inevitable, and Carlos found himself in the elite group after winning his second ATP 500 crown in Barcelona.
Alcaraz is a young star
After winning the US Open, Carlos Alcaraz expressed his admiration for the Big 3 (Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer) and stated that he did not want to be compared to them, but preferred to follow in their footsteps and be like them.
«It’s amazing to be the youngest #1 in history. But it’s much harder what the Big 3 are doing: staying on top for 20 years. That’s what I’m looking for. I don’t want to compare myself to them, but I want to be like them,» Alcaraz said.
«I’m at 60% of my potential. There are a lot of things to improve. Nadal, Djokovic and Federer improved a lot of things over the years. I have to improve mentally and physically. Tennis too. I can stay.» my comfort zone,» observed Carlos Alcaraz.