Carlos Alcaraz, 19, becomes youngest world No. 1 in men's ATP rankings history after US Open title

Carlos Alcaraz won the 2022 United States Open on Sunday, making his very first Grand Slam title. The 19-year-old likewise ended up being the youngest world No. 1 in the history of the ATP rankings. Alcaraz’s previous career-high was No. 4, however he has actually done all the ideal things this year to make the dive and strengthen the truth that he is Spain’s next tennis star.

Alcaraz is the very first teenage World No. 1 and likewise the 4th male Spanish gamer to reach that ranking, joining his coach Juan Carlos Ferrero, Carlos Moya, and Rafael Nadal.

He attained this by taking a 6-4, 2-6, 7-6 (1), 6-3 triumph versus Casper Ruud at Flushing Meadows. If Ruud had actually won, he would’ve been No. 1. Alcaraz provided some jaw-dropping efficiencies throughout his United States Open run, consisting of extreme five-set fights versus Jannik Sinner and Frances Tiafoe. 

“I would say I overcame myself a little bit,” Alcaraz stated throughout journalism conference. “I mean, yeah, I played a great matches, high intensity, during the two weeks that I’ve never done before.”

At 19 years, 129 days old, Alcaraz ended up being the youngest gamer to win a guys’s United States Open title considering that Pete Sampras in 1990. He is likewise the seventh youngest gamer — male or female — to ever win a Grand Slam. Before that triumph, Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer or Nadal had actually won 20 of the previous 22 significant titles. Djokovic and Federer did not complete at Flushing Meadows this year. 

Alcaraz has actually been on the increase for a while, however this has actually been a breakout season for him. It began with being seeded for the very first time at a Grand Slam throughout at the 2022 Australian Open, in which he reached the 3rd round. 

Shortly after his 19th birthday, Alcaraz ended up being the youngest gamer to ever complete in a Madrid Open last. His journey there consisted of removing Nadal in the quarterfinals a day after his birthday. He then removed the then-world No. 1 and front runner Djokovic in the semifinals — ending up being the youngest gamer to beat Nadal and Djokovic back-to-back on clay.

Ruud disappointed the leading ranking however his efforts in his United States Open run did not go unrewarded. The 23-year-old from Norway reached a career-best No. 2 on Monday. Nadal, who was up to Tiafoe in the round of 16, had the ability to keep the No. 3 area. Meanwhile, Tiafoe wasn’t able to end the Americans’ long streak without a Grand Slam title in a guys’s competitors, however he ended up being the very first American guy to reach semifinals considering that 2006, and was rewarded by reaching a career-best No. 19 ranking.

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