Carlos Alcaraz becomes first teenager on ATP throne!

Carlos Alcaraz becomes first teenager on ATP throne!

Carlos Alcaraz claimed his first Major crown on Sunday night at Arthur Ashe Stadium against Casper Ruud. Thus, the Spaniard completed a 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 no. 1 since the start of the ATP ranking in 1973. A year ago, Alcaraz competed in his first Major quarter-final in New Tork and cracked the top-40.

Twelve months later, he became the first teenager on the ATP throne at 19 years and four months following incredible results! Carlos left behind Lleyton Hewitt and Marat Safin and raised the bar that will hardly be matched in the future.

Alcaraz wrapped up the 2021 season with the Vienna semi-final and the third round in Paris before conquering the ATP Next Gen Finals in Milan. Carlos kicked off the 2022 season from just outside the top-30 and pushed Matteo Berrettini to the limits at the Australian Open.

Carlos Alcaraz is the first teenager on 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 bouncing back 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 at the end of April. Not stopping there, a teenager toppled Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Alexander Zverev en route to his second Masters 1000 crown within a month and a half in Madrid.

Carlos lost to Zverev in the Roland Garros quarter-final before falling to Jannik Sinner in the Wimbledon fourth round. Lorenzo Musetti and Jannik Sinner were too strong for Alcaraz in back-to-back ATP finals in Hamburg and Umag, and he won only two matches in Montreal and Cincinnati.

Carlos saved his best tennis for the US Open, beating three rivals in a row in five sets and moving into 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 clinched the most essential points, saving two set points in the third set and controlling the pace to lift the trophy. Alcaraz broke once in the first set and closed it on his serve at 5-4. Ruud grabbed four straight games from 2-2 in the second set to improve his chances and gain 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 encounter. Alcaraz saved the first with a volley winner and erased the second with a smash winner to bring the game home and force a tie break.

He clinched it 7-1 following the rival’s loose forehand mistake to move closer to the finish 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 no. 1.

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