18-Year-Old Carlos Alcaraz to Become the Youngest Player Ranked in Top 40

Published 09/06/2021, 12:03 AM EDT
Sep 3, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Carlos Alcaraz of Spain reacts after beating Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece (not pictured) on day five of the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports


As day 6 of the US Open unfolded in all its glory, a young Spaniard made history yet again. Fans showed up in huge numbers to watch the 18-year-old Carlos Alcaraz revamp the record books of the game. Doing just that, he beat Peter Gojowczyk in a thrilling contest and became the youngest player to reach the US Open men’s singles quarter-finals in the open era.

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Carlos Alcaraz took the New York courts by storm when he beat World No. 3, Stefanos Tsitsipas in a thrilling 5-setter. However, with yet another emphatic display, he again made world headlines. Twitter erupted as the young Spaniard made history at the flushing meadows. Despite his young age, he played with sheer dominance, beating his German opponent in an enticing encounter.

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However, with this win, he bags not one but two new records to his name.

Carlos Alcaraz, the sensational Spaniard

While the world had its eyes glued to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, Carlos was making history somewhere else. The youngster won his first ATP title at Umag, beating yet another veteran of the game, Richard Gasquet. He became the youngest champion in more than a decade. Hence, coming into the tournament, fans were keeping a close eye on the 18-year-old.

Now, as he marches on towards the quarter-finals of the US Open, he comes the youngest player in the top 40 ATP rankings; he’s ranked at 38. Notably, he also becomes the youngest player in the Open era to reach the men’s singles last eight at the US Open.

Sep 3, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Carlos Alcaraz of Spain celebrates after recording match point against Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece in a third round match on day five of the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

Over the weekend, Carlos rocked the tennis world with his breathtaking performance against Stefanos Tsitsipas. Undoubtedly, the Greek was favorite for triumph, given his experience and stature. However, in a test of character, the Spaniard, who is often compared to Rafael Nadal, played like a true warrior. He beat Stefanos in an enticing 5-setter, knocking out the World No. 3

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A star is born

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One of the most exciting Gen Z stars on the circuit, Carlos ensures a bright future for tennis. Beating Peter Gojowczyk in yet another fierce display, he’s earned himself quite the reputation at the US Open. Not once, but he came from behind twice to beat the German star. The final scoreline read 7-5, 1-6, 7-5, 2-6, 0-6.

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Courtesy of his recent success, many believe Carlos is a favorite for the title. However, as his future at the tournament remains to be seen, what is guaranteed is his future in the sport. Regardless of his result at the US Open, fans will forever remember Carlos Alcaraz and his sensational journey at the Flushing Meadows.

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Melroy Fernandes

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Melroy Joseph Fernandes is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. A Mass Media graduate, Melroy has been a content writer for the past 6 years, curating stories for several brands, starting from his own. At the age of 17, Melroy began his writing Journey with Team BIB, an event management company for everything Art and Entertainment.

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