Spain's Carlos Alcaraz recently won the US Open after defeating Casper Ruud. Alcaraz, 19, became the youngest Grand Slam champion since Rafael Nadal, who won the French Open in 2005.
Alcaraz secured his sixth ATP title at the US Open. Notably, the Spaniard has won four of his six titles on clay courts. Alcaraz has a win-loss record of 84-27 on the ATP Tour.
In 2021, Alcaraz became the youngest to win
a match in the Madrid Open history. He broke the 18-year-old record of Nadal (from 2004).
Nadal also won his maiden ATP title on clay (2004). A year later, the Spaniard clinched as many as 11 titles, including eight on clay. Nadal won four Masters 1000 titles that year.
Earlier this year, Alcaraz became the youngest to win the Madrid Open. He is the second-youngest player to win two ATP Masters 1000 titles after Nadal (in 2005).
In July, Alcaraz became the youngest player
to enter the Top 5 of the ATP Rankings since Nadal in 2005. Alcaraz then became the second-youngest man to win the US Open title in the Open Era.
All cheeky comparisons notwithstanding,
one has to admit that Nadal is miles ahead of Alcaraz. The latter just won his maiden Grand Slam title, while Nadal is the master of all with 22 majors.