US Open 2022: From the “Big Three” to the “Big Alcaraz”: he is one of the seven tennis players who won in the era of the Big Three

US Open 2022: From the “Big Three” to the “Big Alcaraz”: he is one of the seven tennis players who won in the era of the Big Three

Carlos Alcaraz is ready to end the tyranny of the ‘Big Three’ on the big racket stages. The Murcian became this Sunday the seventh player capable of winning a “Grand Slam” title in the era of Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic.

The three best tennis players in history had shared 59 of the last 69 “majors”. In reality, Nadal and Djokovic had won 15 of the last 17. Before Alcaraz, his domain had been interrupted by six brave men: Juan Martin Del Potro(US Open 2009); Andy Murray (US Open 2012, Wimbledon 2013 and 2016); Stan Wawrinka (Australia 2014, Roland Garros 2015 and US Open 2016), Marin Cilic (US Open 2014), Dominique Thiem (US Open 2020) y Daniel Medvedev (US Open 2021).

Because of his age, 19, because of tennis, and because of his thirst for glory, Carlitos is ready to chain victories in the next big ones, starting with the Australian Open 2023. We do not know if the knee will allow Federer to participate at 41 and Djokovic He still does not know if he will be able to go to Melbourne because he has not been vaccinated against the coronavirus and has been expelled twice by the local government. Only Nadal’s presence is certain.

The tennis player from El Palmar he is the youngest champion of a “major” since Nadal made his debut in the land of Roland Garros in the 2005 edition with 19 years and 2 days. It is also the first Spaniard to win a Grand Slam in the men’s category, aside from Nadal, since 2003the year Ferrero was crowned at Roland Garros.

The youngest number 1 in history

Alcaraz became the youngest number 1 in the history of the men’s circuit (19 years and four months), overtaking Lleyton Hewitt (20 years and 9 months) and Marat Safin (20 years and 10 months). In addition, there hadn’t been a US Open champion this young since Sampras He won it in 1990 at the age of 19 years and 28 days.

The Murcian tennis player is the sixth Spaniard, counting the men’s and women’s circuit, to reach number 1. Before him they were Arantxa Sanchez Vicariocarlos AvgJean Charles FerreroRaffa Nadal and Garby Muguruza. Alcaraz started the year number 32 worldwide, ranking in the top 10 on April 25. His rise took him to number 1 in New York.

Victories against Nadal and Djokovic

Alcaraz’s 2022 has had it all. He was able to beat Nadal and Djokovic for the first time in his career, and he also did it in the same tournament, in Madrid. As if that were not enough, in the final he beat the German Alexander Zverev. A Zverev who is still looking for his first Grand Slam, which Alcaraz already has.

Alcaraz has also forged a fine rivalry this season with Jannik Sinner, the 21-year-old Italian with whom they will meet again in the years to come. Sinner emerged victorious from Wimbledon and in Umagbut Alcaraz prevailed in the U.S. Openin a difficult match in five sets and in which he even had to save a match point.

Alcaraz, in short, is already here. It’s a reality. This is his first Grand Slam at 19. How far can it go?

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