Spanish tennis history will forever record October 3, 2022, in gold letters. Rafael Nadal and Carlos Alcaraz are the top players in the world, replicating what Pete Sampras and Andre Agassi did for the USA in 2000.
Alcaraz expressed his gratitude for this accomplishment and for sharing it with Rafael Nadal in a greeting to his supporters. With three Major victories and a dominating performance against rivals, Carlos and Rafa have been the men to defeat this year.
From up-and-coming sensation to World Number One, a teenager just needed a few years. Alcaraz began the current season outside of the top-30 and, four months later, after taking home victories in two ATP 500 tournaments and the Masters 1000, broke into the top-10.
Carlos didn’t stop there, on his way to capturing his second Masters 1000 title in front of a Madrid audience, he defeated Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, and Alexander Zverev. Among the favourites to win the title, Alcaraz lost two ATP clay-court finals in July in Hamburg and Umag. With a solid performance in the year’s final Major, Carlos had the opportunity to break records and become the ATP’s youngest world number one. After Nadal and Medvedev paved the route for them, Alcaraz and Casper Ruud bet on themselves. Alcaraz and Ruud squared off in the US Open final for the first Major title and the ATP reign.