Carlos Alcaraz beat Casper Ruud in the US Open final to become the youngest to win at Flushing Meadows after Pete Sampras. He won 4-6, 6-2, 6(1)-7(7), 3-6. 

The Spanish teenage sensation also became the youngest men’s player since 1990 to reach the final of the US Open. He is also the youngest player to qualify for a Grand Slam final since Rafael Nadal in 2005 French Open.

Who is Carlos Alcaraz?

Carlos Alcaraz Garfia, a professional tennis player from Spain, was born on May 5, 2003. The Association of Tennis Professionals had him ranked as world No. 6 in singles (ATP).

Alcaraz has won five ATP Tour singles championships, including two Masters 1000 titles, and reached the quarterfinals of the 2021 US Open, his greatest Grand Slam performance.

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Alcaraz made his ATP main-draw debut in February 2020 at the Rio Open, defeating fellow countryman Albert Ramos Violas, after obtaining a wildcard for the singles main event.

Alcaraz became the youngest match-winner in Madrid Open history, defeating Adrian Mannarino as a wildcard and breaking Rafael Nadal’s record set in 2004 when he was 18 years old.

On May 24, 2021, he became the world’s youngest player when he won the 2021 Open de Oeiras III Challenger tournament, his biggest championship to that point in his career.

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In 2022, the Spaniard reached the third round of the Australian Open before winning the Rio Open a month later.

Alcaraz won the Miami Open in April, his first ATP 1000 title and the tournament’s youngest men’s champion ever, after reaching the semi-finals of the Indian Wells Masters.

The teenager has also demonstrated his skill on clay, winning the Barcelona Open after a second-round defeat in Monte Carlo, cementing his place in the ATP top 10.

In May, Alcaraz added the Madrid Open to his trophy cabinet, defeating Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic on his way to sixth place in the ATP rankings.

The teenager defeated both Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic on consecutive days in May 2022. He’s also won all three meetings with Stefanos Tsitsipas and has a perfect record versus Cameron Norrie.

Alexander Zverev, Andy Murray, Jannik Sinner, and Matteo Berrettini are among the other prominent winners. Alcaraz has never beaten Daniil Medvedev, having lost their one meeting in 2021 at Wimbledon.