Carlos Alcaraz has not only become the youngest number one in tennis history. At 19 year-old and four months he also secured entry into the Top 10 of the earliest players to triumph in a Grand Slam, joining an extraordinary group, but in the course of 2022 he also became: the youngest ever to win the ATP 1000 in Madrid and Miami, the youngest in history to beat both Nadal and Djokovic, the youngest champion of an ATP 500 event but also the youngest to win at Flushing Meadows by Pete Sampras in 1990.
As for the Grand Slam tournaments, the Spanish young champion managed to add the first pearl to the collection at the ninth career participation. The first flash of last season and the extraordinary victory with Stefanos Tsitsipas in the round of 16 before retiring against Felix Auger Aliassime.
Defeat in the first round in the cadet draw in 2020, relating to the Australian Open of 2021 on the debut. In that case, Alcaraz had passed the cut in qualifications, played in a totally new way in Abu Dhabi, before giving way to Mikael Ymer in the second round.
Alcaraz beats Federer and Djokovic and approaches Nadal's record
He was dynamic in Paris, even though after qualifying it was Jan-Lennard Struff who ended the Spaniard's adventure in the third round. Previous: Nadal, Djokovic and Federer After the third round at Melbourne Park in 2022, the quarterfinals in Paris and the eighths in Wimbledon, the Spaniard has completed a two-week season of three consecutive games in the fifth set, with Cilic, Sinner and Tiafoe, with victory.
Nadal had managed to win on the red brick of Bois de Boulogne in his sixth career participation in the main draw of a Grand Slam in the year 2005, Djokovic had put on the mosaic the first of twenty-one pieces at his thirteenth appearance, in Australia in 2008, after the final at the US Open of the previous season.
Roger Federer instead needed seventeen shots to dispel the taboo and triumph on the lawns of the Championships in 2003. Four years after his debut at the Roland Garros. Great achievements for a very young player, who will write tennis history in the coming years.