The Open era began in 1968. Since then, eight players have won a Major title as teenagers and won 11 Most Notable titles before turning 20. Bjorn Borg did so at Roland Garros in 1974, followed by Mats Wilander eight years later.
Boris Becker conquered Wimbledon in 1985 at the age of 17 and repeated it a year later. Michael Chang became the youngest major winner at Roland Garros in 1989, and Pete Sampras won the US Open a year later. Between 1991 and 2004 there were no teenagers with a Major title and Rafael Nadal changed that at Roland Garros 2005.
Seventeen years later, another Spaniard has added his name to the list, becoming the eighth teenager to hold a Major crown and likely the last for the next decade or two! Carlos Alcaraz has claimed victory at the US Open aged 19 years and four months, becoming the youngest Major winner since Nadal and the second youngest in the last 30 years!
Carlos made incredible strides in just a few years, becoming one of the world’s best players and a contender for the highest titles. Alcaraz was the 4th seed in New York, winning seven games and becoming the youngest world No. 1.
1 with 2000 points in his account. Carlos defeated three consecutive rivals in a five-setter and set up the title fight against Casper Ruud. The Spaniard defeated the Norwegian 6-4, 2-6, 7-6, 6-3 in three hours and 20 minutes to write history books.
Carlos Alcaraz is one of the youngest major champions.
Carlos and Casper each produced three breaks and the younger player picked up just five more points. The Spaniard saved two set points in the 12th game of the third set and controlled the pace in the rest of the clash to lift the trophy.
Firing 55 winners and 41 unforced errors, Alcaraz charged to the net and kept the points on his racquet. Carlos made a great start and broke in the third game of the opening game. He fired a service winner at 5-4 to end the first set in 49 minutes.
Ruud stole the momentum in set number two, rescuing a break chance at 2-2 and winning four straight games to take the set 6-2 and level the aggregate after an hour and a half. They traded early breaks in the third set and served well until game 12.
Carlos had no room for error at 5-6 and he saved two set points with winners to set up a tiebreak and get a boost. The Spaniard made it 7-1, opening two sets with an advantage and putting a hand on the trophy. Alcaraz produced five comfortable holds in the fourth set and kept the pressure on the other side.
He broke Ruud in the sixth game after the opponent’s loose backhand and fired a booming serve at 5-3 to seal the deal and secure a place in history.