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Three-surface history: Alcaraz rewrites record books with Roland Garros triumph

Spaniard defeats Zverev in five-set championship match
June 09, 2024
Carlos Alcaraz wins his third major title Sunday in Paris by defeating Alexander Zverev in five sets.
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Carlos Alcaraz wins his third major title Sunday in Paris by defeating Alexander Zverev in five sets. By ATP Staff

Carlos Alcaraz has made three-surface history. The Spaniard on Sunday won the Roland Garros title to become the youngest man to earn a major trophy on all three surfaces — clay, hard and grass.

The 21-year-old is just the seventh man to accomplish the feat, joining Rafael Nadal, Mats Wilander, Jimmy Connors, Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and Andre Agassi.

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Male Players To Win A Major Title On All Three Surfaces

 Player  Age
 Carlos Alcaraz  21
 Rafael Nadal  22
 Mats Wilander  23
 Jimmy Connors  26
 Roger Federer  27
 Novak Djokovic  29
 Andre Agassi  29

Only two of those players claimed a Slam on their third surface before turning 26. Nadal did so aged 22 when he won the 2009 Australian Open, and Wilander was 23 when he triumphed at the 1988 Australian Open.

Alcaraz had already become the youngest man to reach a major final on all three surfaces. He has made three championship matches at Grand Slam tournaments — the 2022 US Open, 2023 Wimbledon and 2024 Roland Garros — and has won them all.

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The Spaniard became the second-youngest Roland Garros champion since 2000, only trailing Nadal, who has lifted the Coupe des Mousquetaires 14 times.

Alcaraz is one of seven men who have won their first three major finals. Federer was victorious on his first seven attempts and Bjorn Borg, Jimmy Connors, Stefan Edberg, Gustavo Kuerten and Stan Wawrinka all triumphed in their first three Slam championship clashes.

Did You Know?
This is Alcaraz's eighth tour-level title on clay. He has lifted 14 tour-level trophies in his career, with four on hard and two on grass.

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