At his short 18 years, Carlos Alcaraz (55 °) advanced to the knockout stages of the US Open after beating Stefanos Tsitsipas (3rd) in five sets. Already established in the Top 100 and consolidated in ATP tournaments, we compared Alcaraz with the Big 3, when these stars were the age of the Spanish.
To begin, it must be clarified that Alcaraz already has an ATP title, achieved on July 25, 2021: in the final, he crushed nothing more and nothing less than Richard Gasquet, a name with a lot of hierarchy, with a resounding 6-2 and 6-2. The one born in 2003 already has experience in all Grand Slam tournaments.
Roger Federer (9th), at his age in 1999, finished the season in 64th place. His best results had been the quarter-finals at the tournaments in Marseille and Rotterdam and the semi-finals in Vienna.. On Majors? Only first round in Australia and Wimbledon. Today, the Swiss is the owner of infinite records.
Nadal (5th)For his part, he had big numbers in 2004. He started with a third round in Melbourne, then he missed Roland Garros and finished second in the United States. In between, he had beaten Federer in the first clash between the two (Miami with a double 6-3). Rafa finished the year 51st (he had been 34th), being a key player in Spain’s Davis Cup title and having won the Sopot ATP.
To end, Djokovic (1st) He was, of the three, the one who stood out the least at that age. In 2005, the Serbian had made his debut in big tournaments: in his first time, he lost in straight sets against Marat Safin in Australia. Similarly, the Serbian managed to close the year 78 °. In the following season he would already achieve his first championships.
These numbers do not mean that Alcaraz will be more or less than the three tennis players who have 20 Grand Slam trophies. Even so, it is a clear example of the great potential that Spanish has. The future will tell.