Carlos Alcaraz: Youngest Man to Reach Grand Slam Finals on All Three Surfaces 

At just 21 years old, Carlos Alcaraz has become the youngest man in history to reach the finals of Grand Slam tournaments on all three surfaces: clay, grass, and hard courts. This remarkable feat underscores his versatility and prowess across the diverse playing conditions of the sport. 

Alcaraz’s journey to this historic achievement saw him narrowly defeating the new world No. 1, Jannik Sinner, in a thrilling five-set match at the French Open. This victory secured his place in the final against Germany's No. 4, Alexander Zverev. 

It’s not just his exceptional skill and record-breaking achievements that have captivated fans worldwide, but also his relentless fighting spirit. Alcaraz’s tenacity and determination in every match are reminiscent of the qualities admired in Rafael Nadal, another Spanish tennis legend. 

Alcaraz has surpassed many tennis greats in reaching this milestone at such a young age. At 21 years and 1 month, he achieved this feat earlier than Andre Agassi (22 years, 1 month), Bjorn Borg (22 years, 2 months), Rafael Nadal (22 years, 6 months), Jim Courier (22 years, 10 months), and Mats Wilander (23 years, 9 days). 

Alcaraz’s first Grand Slam final and victory came at the 2022 U.S. Open, where he defeated Casper Ruud at just 19 years old. Less than a year later, he conquered the grass courts of Wimbledon, beating Novak Djokovic in a five-set thriller to win his first Wimbledon title at age 20. 

Now, at the 2024 French Open, Alcaraz has reached the final at 21, further solidifying his status as a formidable competitor on clay.  

The Australian Open remains the only Grand Slam where Alcaraz has yet to reach the final. His best result there to date is the quarterfinals, which he achieved earlier this year.  

Carlos Alcaraz is set to face Alexander Zverev in the French Open final on Sunday at 9 a.m. ET. The match will be broadcast live on NBC and Peacock from Roland Garros in Paris, with streaming available on NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app. 

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