Carlos Alcaraz becomes the youngest world number 1 in the history of the Pepperstone ATP ranking | ATP circuit


Carlos Alcaraz, 19, will become the youngest world No. 1 in the history of the Pepperstone ATP rankings (since 1973) on Monday after winning his first Grand Slam title at the US Open on Sunday.

Alcaraz entered the 2021 US Open as world No. 55. With his victory over 23-year-old Casper Ruud in the Championship clash in New York, he is the first teenager in the world and the fourth Spanish man to achieve the feat, joining his coach Juan Carlos Ferrero, Carlos Moya and Rafael Nadal.

“It’s crazy for me. I never thought I was going to achieve something like this at 19. So it all happened so fast,” Alcaraz said. “For me, it’s amazing. It’s something I’ve dreamed of since I was a kid, since I started playing tennis. Of course, lifting this trophy today is amazing for me.”

The Murcia native arrived at Flushing Meadows as the No. 4 player in Pepperstone’s ATP rankings. His leap to world No. 1 is tied for the biggest in history. Three other players went from No. 4 to No. 1 between a single Pepperstone ATP rankings outing: Moya (March 15, 1999), Andre Agassi (July 5, 1999) and Pete Sampras (September 11, 2000).

Alcaraz rewrote the record books en route to the pinnacle of men’s tennis. Earlier this year, he became the second-youngest player to win two ATP Masters 1000 titles (Miami and Madrid), behind Nadal, who did so in 2005. Alcaraz also became the youngest ATP 500 titlist in the series history in Rio de Janeiro and claimed another crown at that level in Barcelona.

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The 19-year-old leads the ATP Tour with 51 wins this season, taking him five wins ahead of second-placed Stefanos Tsitsipas (46). With his US Open triumph, Alcaraz also climbed to first place in the Pepperstone ATP Live Race To Turin, putting him on pole position to become the youngest year-end world No. 1 in history.

Alcaraz became the first player to reach the top of the men’s tennis mountain on Monday after the US Open since his coach, Ferrero, rose to No. 1 after the 2003 tournament. Alcaraz’s final against Ruud was the first men’s singles championship match at a Grand Slam in which the two players who had never been world No. 1 were battling it out for the top spot.

Alcaraz is the 28th player to reach world No. 1, making him the sixth active player to reach No. 1. The teenager joins Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, Nadal, Andy Murray and Daniil Medvedev, who he replaced at the top.

Alcaraz (19) and Ruud (23) are the second youngest Top 2 in Pepperstone’s ATP rankings history, behind world No. 1 Jimmy Connors (22) and world No. 22 Bjorn Borg (18) in 1975 This is the first year since 2003 that there have been two new world No. 1s in the same season (Medvedev and Alcaraz).


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