Teen Alcaraz is the youngest world number one in history

Spaniard Carlos Alcaraz won the first major title of his career by winning the US Open on Sunday, becoming the youngest world number one in history.

The 19-year-old, aged 4 months and 6 days, beat Norwegian Kasper Ruud 6:4, 2:6, 7:6 (7:1) 6:3 in the final of the Flushing Meadows, the last Grand Slam tournament of the season. became the first teenager to win a Grand Slam title since his compatriot Rafael Nadal at Roland Garros 2005, and the youngest to top the world rankings since Australian Lleyton Hewitt (20 years and 9 months) on November 19, 2001.

The player with 55 game-winning balls and 14 aces became the youngest New Yorker since Pete Sampras in 1990.

It was a tight tournament for Alcaraz, who broke the record for the longest time on the court in a single major tournament, surpassing the 23 hours and 21 minutes played by South African Kevin Anderson when he finished second at Wimbledon 2018.

This is Alcaraz’s fifth title this season, following his Masters titles in Miami and Madrid, and his coronations in Rio de Janeiro and Barcelona.

And he announced his strong move to Madrid, threatening big names in the world of tennis when he became the first player to defeat Serb Novak Djokovic and Nadal in the same clay session.

Source: AFP

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