Present and future of tennis. Carlos Alcaraz (97 °) does not stop giving the note in the ATP circuit: this time, the Murcian from 18 years and 26 days became the Youngest tennis player to win a Roland Garros main draw match since Serbian Novak Djokovic did in the edition of 2005.
The victory of the Spanish against his compatriot Bernabé Zapata Miralles (128 °) by 6-3, 2-6, 6-1 and 7-6 (4) in his absolute debut in the French Grand Slam, did not only mean the pass to the next instance; With this triumph, Juan Carlos Ferrero’s pupil and No. 97 in the ranking emulated the No. 1 in the world, winner of 18 majors and champion of the 2016 edition of the French Open (victory against Andy Murray), he had achieved years ago.
At that time, the Serbian, in the first round, won, with 18 years and 2 days, to the American Robby Ginepri, No. 71 in the world, by a resounding 6-0, 6-0 and 6-3. Then, he would fall through injury to Argentine Guillermo Coria, who was in 9th place in the ranking.
Also, with this result, the Murcian beat the record of his compatriot Rafael Nadal, As the Spanish earliest to win at Roland Garros. In the 2005 edition, a tournament that would end up winning, the Manacorí had beaten German Lars Murgsmuller 6-1, 7-6 (4) and 6-1 in the first round when he was 18 years and 355 days old.