Carlos Alcaraz vs. Rafael Nadal: Who won the youngest Major?

1968 saw the start of the Open era. Since then, eight players have achieved this feat, winning 11 illustrious titles before the age of 20. At Roland Garros in 1974, Bjorn Borg first achieved that; Mats Wilander followed eight years later.

At the age of 17, Boris Becker won Wimbledon, and he did it again the following year. At Roland Garros in 1989, Michael Chang won a Major for the first time, while Pete Sampras won the US Open the following year. Between 1991 until 2004, there were no adolescents to win a Major championship; Rafael Nadal altered that at Roland Garros in 2005.

Seventeen years later, another Spaniard has joined the list, becoming the eighth teenager to win a Major and most likely the final one for the next ten to twenty years! At the age of 19 years and 4 months, Carlos Alcaraz won the US Open, becoming the second-youngest Major winner in the past 30 years behind Rafael Nadal.

Carlos advanced remarkably quickly in just a few years, rising to become one of the best players in the world and a serious contender for the top titles. Alcaraz won seven wins being the fourth seed in New York, rising to the position of youngest world no.

1 with a score of 2000 points. Carlos set up the championship match against Casper Ruud after defeating three opponents in a row in a five-setter. In three hours and 20 minutes, the Spaniard defeated the Norwegian, 6-4, 2-6, 7-6, 6-3, to make history.

One of the youngest Major champions is Carlos Alcaraz.

With three breaks each from Carlos and Casper, the younger player only added five more points. In the 12th game of the third set, the Spaniard saved two set points and maintained control of the match’s tempo the rest of the way to win.

Alcaraz raced to the net and kept the points on his racquet while hitting 55 winners and 41 unforced errors. Carlos got off to a strong start and broke in the third game of the opener. At 5-4, he hit a serve winner to end the opening set in 49 minutes.

Ruud stole the momentum in the second set, saving a break chance at 2-2 and rattling off four straight games to clinch the set 6-2 and level the overall score after an hour and a half. In the third set, they exchanged early breaks, and they served well up until game 12.

At 5-6, Carlos had no margin for mistake. He fended off two set points with victories to start a tie break and gain momentum. The Spaniard won it 7-1 to take the lead after two sets and place one hand on the trophy. In the fourth set, Alcaraz produced five easy holds while maintaining pressure on the opposition.

After the opponent’s errant backhand in game six, he defeated Ruud and unleashed a thunderous serve at 5-3 to win the match and cement his place in history.