For years a story has supplied an undercurrent on the ATP Tour over what a post-Huge Three period will seem like, when it’d start, and who will lead the cost.
It was at all times going to be gradual however when Carlos Alcaraz lifted the US Open trophy in historic circumstances on Sunday night time, it felt like a seminal second, offering a number of solutions to these long-pondered questions.
The Spaniard isn’t the primary participant of this new technology to loosen the collective stranglehold on males’s tennis lengthy and stubbornly held by Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, and till not too long ago Roger Federer. However that is completely different to the Grand Slam-winning breakthroughs of Dominic Thiem and Daniil Medvedev.
For starters, Alcaraz isn’t actually of this technology. At simply 19, he ought to belong to the following one however such is his outrageous expertise there was no stopping his meteoric rise.
Alcaraz is the youngest Grand Slam champion since Nadal on the 2005 French Open and the youngest US Open winner since Pete Sampras in 1990, whereas he’s the youngest male participant to succeed in world No 1, beating earlier record-holder Lleyton Hewitt by a yr and 5 months.
Alcaraz’s rise to the summit comes amid a season which already comprised 4 titles, together with two Masters, previous to his New York triumph, having began the yr ranked simply exterior the highest 30 and competing in simply his second full yr on tour.
“That is one thing I dreamed of since I used to be a child, to be No 1 on the planet, to be the champion at a Grand Slam,” Alcaraz stated in an on-court interview.
“All of the exhausting work that I did with my workforce, with my household. I am simply 19 years previous so the entire robust choices are with my dad and mom and my workforce as nicely. That is one thing that’s actually, actually particular for me.”
It has been particular to witness, too, not least of all of the previous two weeks and his exceptional run to the title. There have been three successive five-set marathons, the second of which was inarguably the match of the match as Alcaraz outlasted 21-year-old Italian Jannik Sinner in what ought to develop right into a defining rivalry.
He overcame mid-match setbacks and high-pressure adversity towards top-level opponents that will derail most gamers, not to mention a young person. And he did so executing a supercharged model of all-court tennis, combining tempo, energy, and athleticism with beautiful and fearless shot-making capacity from the baseline and on the web.
Granted, he is nonetheless a young person however his powers of restoration to be so contemporary for the ultimate had been nothing in need of phenomenal.
“I at all times say that there is no such thing as a time to be drained within the last spherical of a Grand Slam or any match,” stated Alcaraz, who spent 23 hours and 40 minutes on court docket over his seven matches.
“It’s a must to give every little thing you’ve inside.”
Alcaraz entered the US Open as certainly one of 4 gamers who might finish the match because the world No 1. Because the world No 4, he was the lowest-ranked in rivalry however it’s nearly becoming, consistent with his profession to this point, that it was he who ended up prime of the pile.
“I wish to be within the prime for a lot of, many weeks. I hope a few years,” he stated. “I’ll work exhausting once more after this wonderful two weeks. I’ll combat to have extra of this.”
Such is the maturity with which he performs and the way he approaches his profession, it’s simple to neglect that he’s solely 19. A tennis profession is lengthy and infrequently arduous, full of many pitfalls and obstacles. How Alcaraz handles all of that transferring ahead, particularly now with the added consideration and fame, will decide if he takes his place among the many greats.
For now, although, tennis can benefit from the arrival of a brand new celebrity, and nobody can deny that the game is coping with a generational expertise.
The way forward for males’s tennis is now and it is referred to as Carlos Alcaraz.