From this Monday and after his victory against the Norwegian Casper Ruud by 6-4, 2-6, 7-6 and 6-3 in the final of the US Open, the tennis player Carlos Alcaraz is at the top of the world ranking with only 19 years by snatching this record from Australian Lleyton Hewitt, who achieved it at the age of 20 in 2001.
At the same time, the Murcian player he was crowned with the first ‘great’ of his career and the fifth title of his magnificent season, after the Masters 1,000 in Miami and Madrid and the triumphs in Barcelona and Rio de Janeiro.
After these achievements, it was the Rafael Nadal (current number 3) who sent him a message through social networks in which he predicted “many victories” more.
“Congratulations Carlos Alcaraz for your first Grand Slam and for number 1 which is the culmination of your first great season, which I am sure will be many more!” the Spaniard wrote on his official profile. “Thank you very much Rafa!” Her compatriot replied a few hours later.
Next, the Balearic tennis player had words of affection for the Norwegian Casper Ruud: “Great effort, Casper Ruud. So proud of you! Bad luck today but amazing tournament and season! Keep going!” he posted in English.
As far as Alcaraz is concerned, it is worth mentioning that became the sixth representative of Spanish tennis in reaching the first position in the world ranking, after Arantxa Sánchez Vicario (1995), Carlos Moyá (1999), Juan Carlos Ferrero (2003), Rafa Nadal (2008) and Garbiñe Muguruza (2017).
Rafael Nadal won 22 ‘big’, he won a total of 92 trophies, 53 of them on clay. He was number one in the world for 56 weeks and finished the season as the leader of the ranking five times: 2008, 2010, 2013, 2017 and 2019.
Alcaraz, meanwhile, took another step in his amazing growth and reached the roof of the world in New York, asserting himself as a player capable of opening a new era in the history of tennis.
“Once you’re number one, it’s not over. You have to keep working, keep playing at a high level and keep winning. He knows it and so do I. I will be very close to him to remind him, ”said his coach with a smile. John Charles Ferrero and assured that Alcaraz is still at “60% of its potential.”
“I think he is at 60% of his potential. It can still improve a lot. He knows, and so do I, that we have to keep working,” the former tennis player told reporters after the final in which his pupil beat Casper Ruud in four sets.
Carlos Alcaraz beat Casper Ruud in the US Open final and will be the youngest world number 1 in history
Who is Carlos Alcaraz, the new jewel of Spanish tennis who became the youngest in history to reach number 1 in the world