It didn't happen that two teenagers, precisely two nineteen years of the ATP Tour, were not in the Top Ten since May 14, 2007: Carlos Alcaraz and Holger Rune entered the history and have done like Novak Djokovic and the British Andy Murray, at that time respectively number 6 and number 10 of the men's Tour.
2022 was probably the year that gave the final revenge or even the consecration to NextGen. In the past, young talents were always approached to the Top, but they could hardly reach or be really close to them. Tennis players like Tsitsipas and Zverev have lived all their youth alongside and very close to the Big Three, but except for a few sporadic victories they have always failed.
2022 saw two very young tennis players, barely 20 years old, conquering important titles such as Grand Slam tournaments or Masters 1000.
Alcaraz and Rune like Djokovic and Murray: here is the data
We were all getting used to Carlos Alcaraz, the youngest number one ever and recent US Open winner when the tennis world had to deal with a new star.
The Danish Holger Rune, born just a few days before the Murcian phenomenon, crowned an already excellent year and won the Masters 1000 in Paris-Bercy. An exceptional victory and certainly not due to the draw: Holger had to beat 5 Top Ten to win the tournament, a victory over a tennis player in great shape like Felix Auger Aliassime and above all an extraordinary final against the defending champion Novak Djokovic.
After the victory the Danish talent looked radiant and spoke at the press conference: "It's incredible. It is a great feeling to be here with the trophy. It was a hard thing to expect: I started the week facing three match points.
I will accomplish everything I have done further on. I felt so many emotions after the match, the best in my entire life and career. It was like making a small dream come true, even though I have even bigger dreams. It is a great step forward to play a game like this against one of the greatest tennis players." Great numbers for the Dane and for the Spaniard, in a super season for them.