Carlos Alcaraz becomes first teenager on ATP throne!

Carlos Alcaraz becomes the first teenager on the ATP throne!

Carlos Alcaraz clinched his first Major crown against Casper Ruud on Sunday night at Arthur Ashe Stadium. With that, the Spaniard came full circle and put his name in the history books after becoming the youngest Major winner since Rafael Nadal in 2005!

Carlos went even further and captured the ATP throne with those 2000 points and became the youngest world No. 1. 1 since the ATP rankings started in 1973. A year ago, Alcaraz competed in his first major quarterfinal in New Tork, cracking the top-40.

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

Alcaraz finished the 2021 season with the semifinals 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 his 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 semi-final in Indian Wells to Rafael Nadal before returning in Miami to become the third-youngest Masters 1000 champion.

A top-10 finish became inevitable and Carlos found himself in the elite group after winning his second ATP 500 crown in Barcelona at the end of April. As if that wasn’t enough, a teenager toppled 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 losing to Jannik Sinner in the fourth round of Wimbledon. Lorenzo Musetti and Jannik Sinner were too strong for Alcaraz in back-to-back ATP Finals in Hamburg and Umag, and he only won two games in Montreal and Cincinnati.

Carlos saved his best tennis for the US Open, beating three straight rivals in five sets and moving into the title shot. Alcaraz defeated Casper Ruud 6-4, 2-6, 7-6, 6-3 in three hours and 20 minutes, earning the biggest win of his young career and a place in the record books.

The Spaniard clinched the more important points, saving two set points in the third set and controlling the pace to lift the trophy. Alcaraz broke once in the opening set, finishing it 5-4 on serve. Ruud took four straight games 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 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 tiebreak.

He made it 7-1 after a loose forehand error from the rival to get 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. 1.

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