One of the maximum age differences between players from the same country on the men’s circuit can be marked by Feliciano López (39 years old) and Carlos Alcaraz (17). 21 years, seven months, and 14 days is what they take and the paths of professionalism put them to star in one of the round of 16 matches of the ATP 250 in Marbella.
When on May 5, 2003 the now-adolescent was just living his first minutes of life, the left-hander from Toledo was already ranked 56th in the world ranking.
It is even the duel with the greatest age difference between players since Dominic Thiem (18) vs. Thomas Muster (44) in Vienna 2011.
Fate wanted to cross them inside a field and in the duel between the youth and the veteran, the new blood won, although not by long. One of the most promising Next Gen in the world triumphed not without sweating 4-6, 6-2 and 6-4.
The next stop for the coach by Juan Carlos Ferrero will be against Casper Ruud, who beat Gianluca Mager 6-3 and 6-2 without problems.
Youth prevailed in #Marbella! 🇪🇸🇪🇸
Carlos Alcaraz (17) defeated Feliciano López (39) 4-6, 6-2 and 6-4 in the duel with the greatest age difference between players since Thiem (18) vs. Muster (44) in Vienna 2011.#TENNISxESPN pic.twitter.com/JfDh9zgBYV
– ESPN Tennis (@ESPNtenis) April 8, 2021