With one match, Carlos Alcaraz has cemented his place in tennis history.

The Spaniard’s 6-4 2-6 7-6 (1) 6-3 win over Casper Ruud in the 2022 US Open men’s final has seen him not only win a Grand Slam title as a teenager but also become the youngest ever men’s world number one.

Following Daniil Medvedev’s early exit from Flushing Meadows, top spot was up for grabs for both Alcaraz and Ruud in the US Open final.

While Ruud more than held his own and also committed a great act of sportsmanship, it was Alcaraz that would ultimately prevail in the title match.

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The win means the Spaniard will become the new world No.1 when rankings are updated next week.

Alcaraz’s swift rise to top spot will be confirmed at the age of just 19 years and 130 days.

That means he has smashed the previous record for youngest men’s world number one which was held by Lleyton Hewitt when he also won the US Open at the age of 20 years and 268 days.

Alcaraz has also become world No. 1 far quicker than fellow Spaniard Rafael Nadal, who didn’t complete the feat until he was 22.

Youngest men’s world number one

Player Age
Carlos Alcaraz
19 years and 130 days
Lleyton Hewitt
20 years and 268 days
Marat Safin
20 years and 298 days
John McEnroe
21 years and 16 days
Andy Roddick
21 years and 65 days
Bjorn Borg
21 years and 78 days
Jim Courier
21 years and 177 days
Pete Sampras
21 years and 243 days
Jimmy Connors
21 years and 330 days
Rafael Nadal
22 years and 76 days

Youngest men’s Grand Slam winners

While Alcaraz has become the youngest men’s world number, he isn’t the youngest man to win a Grand Slam title.

The Spaniard is in fact just the seventh youngest to win such a tournament with Michael Chang’s record unlikely to be beaten anytime soon.

Alcaraz is the second youngest man to win the US Open after Pete Sampras.

Player Title Age
Michael Chang
French Open
17 years and 110 days
Boris Becker
17 years and 228 days
Mats Wilander
French Open
17 years and 293 days
Bjorn Borg
French Open
18 years and 10 days
Rafael Nadal
French Open
19 years and 3 days
Pete Sampras
US Open
19 years and 29 days
Carlos Alcaraz
US Open
19 years and 129 days
Stefan Edberg
Australian Open
19 years and 324 days
Lleyton Hewitt
US Open
20 years and 198 days
John McEnroe
US Open
20 years and 205 days

Source: https://www.sportingnews.com/us/tennis/news/carlos-alcaraz-youngest-men%E2%80%99s-world-number-one-exclusive-list-teenage-grand-slam-winners/bwbw0uggtb17ugqagu9y6yui