Rafael Nadal’s pace is followed by Carlos Alcaraz in Majors

At the age of 19, Carlos Alcaraz has won a Major! The Spaniard finished off two great years on the Tour by winning the US Open and becoming the youngest world no. 1. Carlos won three consecutive five-set matches to reach to his first Major final in New York.

The kid practiced for hours, but nothing could stop him on Sunday as he defeated Casper Ruud 6-4, 2-6, 7-6, 6-3 in three hours and twenty minutes. Alcaraz is the youngest Major finalist since Rafael Nadal in 2005 and the seventh-youngest in the Open era!

After Pete Sampras at the 1990 US Open, Rafa and Carlos are the youngest Major finals, and it will be difficult for anyone to catch up to them in the following years. It’s interesting that all seven of the youngest Major finals have won the championship match, harnessing their freshness and vigor to make tennis history and achieve fame.

One of the youngest Major finalists is Carlos Alcaraz.

As we’ve already mentioned, Carlos had to put in a lot of effort to win six matches in New York, expelling a lot of energy but regaining it for the title match versus Casper. Each side had three service breaks, and the Spaniard only won by five points over his opponent.

By saving two set points in the third set and managing the tempo with 55 wins and 41 unforced errors, the Spaniard secured the more crucial points. Carlos won the set in 49 minutes by breaking at 15 in the third game of the opening set and firing a serve winner at 5-4.

In the second set, Ruud improved and displayed strong serve and return performance. At 2-2, the Norwegian saved a break point before converting the following one to take the lead. Casper won four consecutive games after surviving the seventh game and breaking at 5-2 for the second time with a smash winner at the net.

In order to keep the rival on the winning side, Carlos got an early break in the third set before surrendering serve at 2-1. They held up until Alcaraz served to extend the set for a second time in the 12th game. The child faced two set points where he could have fallen behind two sets to one.

To finish the game and force a tie break, Alcaraz saved the first with a volley winner and stopped the second with a smash winner. The Spaniard won it 7-1 to advance toward the finish line with momentum on his side. In the fourth set, Alcaraz produced five easy holds while maintaining pressure on the opposition.

In game six, he defeated Ruud by breaking him after the opposition’s errant backhand gave him the edge. At 5-3, Alcaraz served for the victory and delivered a thunderous serve to win the match and cement his legacy.