When Carlos Alcaraz bested Rafael Nadal on a Major achievement



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When Carlos Alcaraz bested Rafael Nadal on a Major achievement

Since the start of the Open era in 1968, nine players have scored at least one victory at all four Major events before turning 19. John Alexander achieved that first in 1969 at the US Open, followed by an incredible Bjorn Borg, the youngest player to accomplish this feat.

Thierry Tulasne did that in 1982, followed by two great rivals, Stefan Edberg and Boris Becker, who joined the list in 1984 and 1985. Goran Ivanisevic became the third player after Borg and Becker to conquer a win at all four Majors before turning 18.

We will not get the fourth player in that group anytime soon, as we barely see 17-year-old players in the main draw at Majors. Andrei Medvedev joined the party in 1993, and we had to wait until 2005 to extend the list when Rafael Nadal finally made a winning debut at his beloved Roland Garros.

Nadal could not play in Paris in 2003 and 2004 and could have joined the list at a much younger age. In 2021, another Spaniard, Carlos Alcaraz, cracked the list with the youngest players with a win at all four Majors. Carlos stands sixth on the list and above Rafa!

Carlos Alcaraz scored a win at all four Majors at a younger age than Rafael Nadal.

The super talented teenager had a brilliant run since 2020, winning three Challenger titles in the season's closing stages and proving his class at the ATP level in 2021.

In July last year, Carlos claimed the first ATP title in Umag, becoming the youngest winner of an ATP title since Kei Nishikori in 2008. Also, he achieved the first ATP crown as only a couple of weeks older than Nadal. Carlos qualified for the Australian Open in January and toppled Botic van de Zandschulp in the opening round to become the youngest player with a Major win since Thanasi Kokkinakis in 2014.

Alcaraz passed the qualifying round at Roland Garros before reaching the third round, gathering a massive boost and carrying it to Wimbledon. He prevailed over Yasutaka Uchiyama before losing to Daniil Medvedev in the second round.

Competing at his first US Open, Carlos bested the 26th seed Cameron Norrie 6-4, 6-4, 6-3 in an hour and 54 minutes for one of his finest wins on the Tour. The youngster tamed his strokes nicely and fired almost 40 winners, getting broken twice and stealing Cameron's serve six times to control the scoreboard and advance into the second round. Nadal and Alcaraz are ranked in the top-4, and they lead the ATP Race.