Carlos Alcaraz won his first Grand Slam at 19, at the US Open 2022. The 3-1 over Caper Ruud sets a new record: this season, however, the young Spanish player was the protagonist with six records beaten. It starts from ATP 500, February 20, Rio.
The 6-4, 6-2 over Argentinian Diego Schwartzman makes Carlos Alcaraz the youngest winner of the Brazilian tournament. Less than two months pass. It was April 3 when, in Miami, in the final with Casper Ruud, the 2003 class from Murcia became the youngest winner of the tournament.
Carlos doesn't know, but that's a sign of fate. It is the prologue to something that will change his life. Meanwhile, the continuous path. A month later, closer to home, in Madrid, with the 6-3 6-1 round imposed on Alex Zverev, Alcaraz further lowers the age of the tournament winner.
Carlos Alcaraz broke 6 new records in 2022
Just in Madrid, after the defeat of Indian Wells, the baby prodigy beats his idol Rafa Nadal 6-2 1-6 6-3 in the quarter-finals. In the semifinals it is up to Novak Djokovic: 6-7 7-5 7-6.
Never a player so young had beaten both Rafa and Nole. The best of tennis, still today. And we arrive at the apotheosis of New York. Carlos Alcaraz lifts the first Grand Slam of his career by him: since 1990 he had not won such a young player in the United States.
From a legend like Pete Sampras, who at 19 years and 28 days won the final against Andre Agassi, in what would have been the first chapter of an iconic rivalry. Speaking instead of Grand Slam tournaments, the tape must be rewound until 2005, when Rafa Nadal's triumph in France against Mariano Puerta.
But that victory gave the Majorcan third place in the ATP rankings. Carlos Alcaraz, on the other hand, has been number 1 in the world since tonight. He the youngest ever. And this already delivers it to the legend of the game. And Carlos could beat any other record in the near future.