Rising Star Carlos Alcaraz Shines Brighter Than Rafael Nadal in Historic Feat

Carlos Alcaraz is the sixth-youngest player with a win at all four Majors

Carlos Alcaraz has enjoyed quite a tennis journey! The young Spaniard is a two-time Major winner, the proud owner of four Masters 1000 crowns and over 30 weeks as world no. 1, all that at 20 years and three months! The reigning US Open and Wimbledon champion presented the upcoming greatness in 2021, carving his way through the rankings and becoming one of the youngest players with a victory at all four Majors!

Carlos achieved that at 18 years and three months, moving in front even of Rafael Nadal! Since the start of the Open era in 1968, nine players have scored at least one victory at all four Major events before turning 19. John Alexander achieved that first at the 1969 US Open, followed by an incredible Bjorn Borg, the youngest player to accomplish this feat.

Thierry Tulasne joined the list in 1982 before two great rivals, Stefan Edberg and Boris Becker, who completed the task in 1984 and 1985.Goran Ivanisevic became the third player after Borg and Becker to conquer a win at all four Majors before turning 18, and we will not get the fourth player in that group anytime soon.

Andrei Medvedev joined the party in 1993, and we had to wait until 2005 to extend the list when Rafael Nadal finally made a winning debut at his beloved Roland Garros. Nadal could not play in Paris in 2003 and 2004 due to injuries, missing a chance to crack the list at a much younger age.

Sixteen years after Nadal, another excellent Spaniard joined the charts following a stellar season. Alcaraz had a great run in Melbourne, Paris, London and New York, becoming the sixth-youngest player with a win at all four Majors.

Carlos Alcaraz scored a win at all four Majors at a younger age than Rafael Nadal.
The super-talented teenager had a brilliant run since 2020, winning three Challenger titles in the season’s closing stages and proving his class at the ATP level in 2021.

Carlos qualified for the Australian Open in January. He toppled Botic van de Zandschulp 6-1, 6-4, 6-4 in the opening round to become the youngest player with a Major win since Thanasi Kokkinakis in 2014! Alcaraz entered the qualifying draw again in Paris and secured three dominant wins just after turning 18.

The Spaniard ousted Bernabe Zapata Miralles in the first round and delivered another to enter the last 32.Carlos had to dig deep at Wimbledon, entering a Major event directly for the first time and facing Yasutaka Uchiyama in the first round.

The young gun prevailed 6-3, 6-7, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 for his first Wimbledon triumph before losing to Daniil Medvedev in round two. Competing at his first US Open, Carlos bested the 26th seed Cameron Norrie 6-4, 6-4, 6-3 in an hour and 54 minutes for one of his finest wins on the Tour that year.

The youngster tamed his strokes nicely and fired almost 40 winners, getting broken twice and stealing Cameron’s serve six times to control the scoreboard and advance into the second round. Thus, he accomplished a win at all four Majors at such a young age, with no one joining the list anytime soon.

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