Since he made his breakthrough, Carlos Alcaraz has been among the most exciting players in men’s tennis. The young Spaniard wrapped up the previous season just outside the top-30, setting eyes on much higher goals in 2022.
A teenager has already accomplished them, and there’s plenty more to come if he wins Sunday’s US Open final against Casper Ruud. Carlos is the youngest Major finalist since Rafael Nadal in 2005, and he would become the youngest world no.
1 in the ATP ranking history if he wins the title. Alongside his two Masters 1000 crowns, Alcaraz has had notable results in the most significant scene that requires strength and stamina. Carlos achieved his 20th Major victory before Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer, playing well at all four tournaments and hoping to lift the first title at 19 years and four months.
Alcaraz is 8-1 at Majors in five-setters, including three consecutive wins en route to the US Open final! The Spaniard is the first player since Michael Chang with eight five-setter triumphs at Majors before turning 20, with more chances to pass the American.
Carlos made his Wimbledon debut last year with a win over Yasutaka Uchiyama in five sets, staying calm in the decider to emerge at the top. Two months later, the youngster stunned Stefanos Tsitsipas at the US Open, prevailing in the deciding tie break after over four hours for one of his most notable victories at that point.
Carlos reached the quarter-final following another exciting battle against Peter Gojowczyk in the last 16. Alcaraz’s only five-setter loss came at this year’s Australian Open when he fell to Matteo Berrettini in the deciding tie break following an incredible battle.
Carlos bounced back at Roland Garros and Wimbledon, ousting his compatriot Albert Ramos-Vinolas and Jan-Lennard Struff to get back on the winning way.
Carlos Alcaraz has won eight out of nine five-setters in a career so far.
The Spaniard had to endure a real test at the US Open, winning three consecutive five-setters en route to the final as the first player in New York since Andre Agassi in 2005!
Alcaraz defeated Marin Cilic 6-4, 3-6, 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 in three hours and 54 minutes in the fourth round. The Spaniard lost the fourth set and experienced a break at the start of the decider to find himself in a challenging position.
He bounced back and claimed six of the final eight games to move through. Two days later, a teenager worked even harder against another young gun Jannik Sinner. Alcaraz earned a 6-3, 6-7, 6-7, 7-5, 6-3 victory after five hours and 15 minutes, fending off a match point in the fourth set and setting the record for the latest US Open finish!
The Spaniard refused to surrender and overcame a break deficit in the decider for the second straight match to reach the first Major semi-final. The crowd witnessed 42 break chances, and Alcaraz made 11 return games from 26 opportunities.
Sinner earned seven breaks and hit the exit door despite a massive effort. Frances Tiafoe pushed Alcaraz to the limits in a battle for the final, giving his everything in front of his partisan crowd at Arthur Ashe Stadium. Still, Carlos delivered a 6-7, 6-3, 6-1, 6-7, 6-3 victory in four hours and 19 minutes for a place in his first Major final at 19.
The Spaniard took charge in sets two and three and wasted a match point in the fourth set’s tenth game. Tiafoe saved it after an excellent rally and grabbed the tie break 7-5 to force a decider. Starting all over, the 19-year-old delivered three breaks in the fifth set to control the pace and move a win away from a Major glory.