“I’m going to say…” Carlos Alcaraz picks his most favorite Grand Slam victory after clinching the Roland Garros 2024 Title

It must be nice for Carlos Alcaraz to have options of his most favorite Grand Slam wins.

“I’m going to say…” Carlos Alcaraz picks his most favorite Grand Slam victory after clinching the Roland Garros 2024 Title

Carlos Alcaraz (via IMAGO)

Third seed Carlos Alcaraz clinched his third Grand Slam title at Roland Garros on Sunday. He came up trumps in a fluctuating match against Alexander Zverev in a five-set battle, with scores of 6-3, 2-6, 5-7, 6-1, 6-2.

Following his victory, during the post-match press conference, he was asked about his favorite Grand Slam title win. It must have been gratifying for Alcaraz to have options to choose from.

I mean, obviously winning the US Open, when I reached for the first time the No. 1, something that I dream since I started playing tennis, getting my first Grand Slam. So it was pretty special.But honestly, the way that I won Wimbledon, beating Novak Djokovic in five sets, has been a great achievement for me. Right now lifting the Roland Garros trophy, knowing everything that I have been through the last month with the injuries and all that stuff, I don't know.
Carlos Alcaraz said in his post-match press conference
Probably this one. Probably this one is the moment that I'm really proud about myself, because everything that I have done the last month just to be ready for this tournament with my team, a lot of talks with them. You know, if I have to practice, if I can't practice or discuss with them, it has been really difficult for me, honestly. So I'm going to say this one is the most that I am proud about myself.
Carlos Alcaraz added

Alcaraz secured his first Grand Slam title at the US Open in 2022, defeating Casper Ruud in four sets. This victory was pivotal for him, as it led to him finishing the year as the World No.1 in the ATP rankings. The subsequent year, he ended Novak Djokovic‘s winning streak at Wimbledon by overcoming the Serbian in five sets. Djokovic remarked after the match that Alcaraz’s game displayed elements reminiscent of himself, Roger Federer, and Rafael Nadal.

Carlos Alcaraz’s Roland Garros title win in the history books

Carlos Alcaraz has achieved a remarkable milestone in tennis history by winning the Roland Garros title, becoming the youngest man to secure a major trophy on all three surfaces: clay, hardcourt, and grass. At just 21 years old, he joins an elite group of players including Rafael Nadal, Mats Wilander, Jimmy Connors, Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, and Andre Agassi who have accomplished this feat.

Among these players, only Nadal and Wilander claimed a Grand Slam title on their third surface before turning 26. Nadal was 22 when he won the 2009 Australian Open, while Wilander was 23 when he triumphed at the 1988 Australian Open.

Carlos Alcaraz
Carlos Alcaraz (via IMAGO)

Alcaraz had previously made history as the youngest man to reach a major final on all three surfaces, having competed in the championship matches at the 2022 US Open, 2023 Wimbledon, and now the 2024 Roland Garros, winning each of them. His victory at Roland Garros makes him the second-youngest champion at the tournament since 2000, second only to Nadal, who has an impressive 14 titles at the event.

Alcaraz also joins a select group of seven men who have won their first three major finals. While Federer won his first seven attempts, others like Bjorn Borg, Jimmy Connors, Stefan Edberg, Gustavo Kuerten, and Stan Wawrinka all emerged victorious in their initial three Slam championship clashes.

In case you missed it!