Carlos Alcaraz claimed his first Major crown on Sunday night at Arthur Ashe Stadium against Casper Ruud. Thus, the Spaniard came full circle and added his name to the history books after becoming the youngest Major winner since Rafael Nadal in 2005!
Carlos went even further and claimed the ATP throne with those 2000 points, becoming the youngest world number one. 1 since the beginning of the ATP rankings in 1973. A year ago, Alcaraz competed in his first Major in the quarterfinals in New Tork and cracked the top 40.
Twelve months later, he became the first teenager on the ATP throne at 19 years old and four months after incredible results! Carlos left behind Lleyton Hewitt and Marat Safin and raised the bar that will hardly be equaled in the future.
Alcaraz concluded 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 just outside the top 30 and pushed Matteo Berrettini to the limit at the Australian Open.
Carlos Alcaraz is the first teenager to ascend to the ATP throne.
Alcaraz became the youngest ATP 500 champion in Rio de Janeiro and cracked the top 20 a day later. The youngster lost an epic Indian Wells semi-final to Rafael Nadal before rebounding in Miami to become the third-youngest Masters 1000 champion.
A place in the top 10 became inevitable, and Carlos found himself in the elite group after winning his second ATP 500 crown in Barcelona in late April. Not stopping there, a teenager defeated Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Alexander Zverev en route to his second Masters 1000 crown in a month and a half in Madrid.
Carlos lost to Zverev in the Roland Garros quarterfinals before falling to Jannik Sinner in the fourth round at Wimbledon. Lorenzo Musetti and Jannik Sinner were too strong for Alcaraz in back-to-back ATP finals in Hamburg and Umag, with him winning just two matches in Montreal and Cincinnati.
Carlos saved his best tennis for the US Open, beating three opponents in a row in five sets and moving on to the title clash. Alcaraz defeated Casper Ruud 6-4, 2-6, 7-6, 6-3 in three hours and 20 minutes for the most significant success of his young career and a place in the record books.
The Spaniard secured the most essential points, saving two set points in the third set and controlled the pace to lift the trophy. Alcaraz broke once in the first set and closed it out on serve at 5-4. Ruud took four games in a row from 2-2 in the second set to improve his chances and get a boost.
The rivals traded early breaks in the third set, and the Spaniard faced an ultimate test at 5-6. The youngster experienced two set points in the most challenging part of the match. Alcaraz saved the first with a volley winner and erased the second with a big shot winner to bring the game home and force a tiebreaker.
He finished it off 7-1 after a loose right-hand error from the rival to get closer to the goal line. Alcaraz produced five comfortable holds in the fourth set and kept the pressure on the other side. He broke Ruud in game six after the opponent’s wild backhand and fired a booming serve at 5-3 to seal the deal and become the youngest world number one. 1.