Carlos Alcaraz is the new world number one. In New York, the Spanish tennis player reached the final of the US Open against Casper Ruud, with a double objective for both players: to obtain the first Slam title of his career and to conquer the top of the ranking.
To triumph is the young Iberian, who has taken everything, setting new records. He was the youngest player to win a Grand Slam tournament since Rafael Nadal in 2005 and is the second teenager to triumph at the US Open (in the Open era) after Pete Sampras in 1990.
The records have not only concerned the Slam ball, but also the top of the ranking. Carlos Alcaraz became the youngest tennis player to be world number one at the age of 19, 4 months and 7 days. The primacy of Lleyton Hewitt, who in 2001, became the leader of the world rankings at 20 years, 8 months and 23 days has been torn apart.
The Spanish tennis player, used to burning the stages, also set a negative record.
How many points did he become No. 1?
Carlos Alcaraz became world number one with 6740 points: he is the tennis player with the lowest number of points to conquer the top of the ranking since 2009.
In this ranking, he follows Daniil Medvedev, who was world number one with suns 6885 points. They are the only two players in the last thirteen years to have obtained the first position in the ranking with less than seven thousand points.
In recent years, the Fab Four have dominated the top of the ranking. Of these, it was Rafael Nadal who got the first position with the fewest points: 7645 points in 2017. Andy Murray follows, with a minimal difference, ie with 7750 points.
The last two members, on the other hand, became number one with more than 8000 points. Novak Djokovic's lowest threshold dates back to 2018: in November, the Serbian overtook the Spaniard, returning to the top. Closes Roger Federer, who in the same year was number one, but never with less than 8670 points.
Below you can read the tweet with the incredible numbers by Carlos Alcaraz:
📊 Tenistas con menos puntos como No.1 del ATP Ranking (2009-2022/Men’s Singles):
🇪🇸 Carlos Alcaraz | 6.740, 2022
🇷🇺 Daniil Medvedev | 6.885, 2022
🇪🇸 Rafa Nadal | 7.645, 2017
🇬🇧 Andy Murray | 7.750, 2017
🇷🇸 Novak Djokovic | 8.045, 2018
🇨🇭 Roger Federer | 8.670, 2018 https://t.co/Xes0WcRn8v — MisterOnly.Tennis (@OnlyRogerCanFly) September 13, 2022