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Tennis: Alcaraz, the youngest number 1 in history

Son and grandson of amateur tennis players, the Spaniard conquered New York and reached the top of the world rankings at just 19 years old. “I am a boy who dreams big,” he warned.

The youngest ever” is a recurring phrase when talking about Carlos Alcaraz. The Spanish tennis player became the youngest No. 1 player in history, when he won the US Open on Sunday (in the final he beat Norwegian Casper Ruud). He did so at the age of 19 years and four months, beating Lleyton Hewitt’s record (20 years, 8 months and 23 days). Carlitos, as he is known, was also the second youngest to win in New York (Pete Sampras, in 1990, was 19 years and 28 days old). And he is the third tennis player in history to triumph in a Grand Slam tournament after winning three matches in a row in five sets, as did Stefan Edberg (USA, in 1992) and Gustavo Kuerten (Roland Garros, in 1997). Alcaraz had three very tough matches with Marin Cilic, Jannik Sinner and Frances Tiafoe, with the game against Sinner lasting 5 hours and 15 minutes, the second longest in the tournament (in 1992, Edberg and Michael Chan were on the court for 5 hours and 26 minutes ).


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