Thanks to his exciting and marathon victory against the Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas (3rd), which meant their classification to the round of 16 of the US Open, Spanish tennis player Carlos Alcaraz, 18 years old and currently number 55 in the world, he broke several records, referring to his young age, in the maximum circuit.
The 185-centimeter from Murcia, ward of the historic Juan Carlos Ferrero, became the Youngest player to enter the fourth round of a Grand Slam tournament since 1992, when the Ukrainian Andrei Medvedev, who was 17 years old at the time and ended his career with 11 titles in his showcases, achieved it at Roland Garros. What’s more, recorded a similar milestone in the Major North American, a tournament in which no one so adolescent played the second week since 1989, edition in which the locals Michael Chang, 17, and Pete Sampras, 18 just turned 18, burned their names.
On the other hand, his celebration in front of the Hellenic brought even more history regarding his premature stardom, because Nobody so novice beat a member of the Top 3 at the US Open since the ATP ranking was established in 1971. Consequently, none had signed such a surprise at a Grand Slam since Chang, at Roland Garros in 1989, when he was 17. At the ATP level, the last one to eliminate one of the three best on the planet from a competition had been Canadian Denis Shapovalov, in Montreal 2017, when at 17 he beat Rafael Nadal.