Carlos Alcaraz takes Madrid Open age record away from Rafael Nadal
Carlos Alcaraz has been one of the youngsters to watch in the last couple of years, claiming his first Futures title in 2019 at 16 and moving even further in the season behind us.
Ranked outside the top-300, Carlos made incredible progress following the last year's season restart in August, winning three Challenger titles by the end of the season as the youngest player to achieve that in a single season since Richard Gasquet.
Moving closer to a place in the top-100 and feeling hungry for more, Carlos qualified for the Australian Open at the beginning of the current season. He became the youngest winner of a Major match since Thanasi Kokkinakis in Melbourne 2014, showing his full potential still at 17!
Gathering experience, Carlos reached the first ATP semi-final in Marbella as the youngest player since Alexander Zverev in Hamburg 2014, suffering two early exits after that and returning to the winning side at the Masters 1000 event in Madrid.
Carlos took down Adrian Mannarino 6-4, 6-0 in 71 minutes for his first Masters 1000 win, becoming the youngest player to achieve that at the Madrid Open and passing Rafael Nadal, the previous record-holder!