Carlos Alcaraz not only became the youngest number one in tennis history. At 19 years and four months, he also secured entry into the Top 10 of the first players to have triumphed in Grand Slams, joining an extraordinary group, but during the year 2022 he also became: the youngest to have won the ATP 1000 in Madrid and Miami, the youngest in history to have beaten both Nadal and Djokovic, the youngest champion of an ATP 500 event but also the youngest to have won in Flushing Meadows by Pete Sampras in 1990.

As for the Grand Slam tournaments, the young Spanish champion managed to add the first pearl to the collection in the ninth career participation. The first flash of last season and the extraordinary victory of Stefanos Tsitsipas in the round of 16 before the retirement against Félix Auger Aliassime.

Defeat in the first round of the 2020 cadet draw, relative to the 2021 Australian Open on debut. In this case, Alcaraz had made the cut in qualifying, played in a completely new way in Abu Dhabi, before giving way to Mikael Ymer in the second round.

Alcaraz beats Federer and Djokovic and closes in on Nadal’s record

He was dynamic in Paris, although after qualifying it was Jan-Lennard Struff who put an end to the Spaniard’s adventure in the third round. Previous: Nadal, Djokovic and Federer After the third round at Melbourne Park in 2022, the quarter-finals in Paris and the round of 16 at Wimbledon, the Spaniard completed a two-week season of three consecutive matches in the fifth set, with Cilic , Sinner and Tiafoe, with victory.

Nadal had managed to impose himself on the red brick of the Bois de Boulogne in his sixth career appearance in the main draw of a Grand Slam in the year 2005, Djokovic had put on the mosaic the first of twenty-one pieces during of his thirteenth appearance, in Australia in 2008, after the final of the US Open the previous season.

Roger Federer needed seventeen years instead strokes to lift the taboo and triumph on the lawns of the Championships in 2003. Four years after his debut at Roland Garros. Great achievements for a very young player, who will write the history of tennis in the years to come.


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