History on three surfaces: Alcaraz rewrites records with his triumph at Roland Garros

The Spaniard beat Zverev in five sets in the final

June 09, 2024

Peter Staples/ATP Tour

By Staff

Carlos Alcaraz has made history on all three surfaces. The Spaniard won the Roland Garros title on Sunday and became the youngest man to win a Grand Slam on all three surfaces: clay, hard court and grass.

At 21 years old, he is the seventh player to achieve this, along with Rafael Nadal, Mats Wilander, Jimmy Connors, Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and Andre Agassi.

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Male Players Who Have Won a Major 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 won a Slam in their third year before turning 26. Nadal did it at 22 when he won the 2009 Australian Open, and Wilander was 23 when he triumphed in Australia in 1988.

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

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

Alcaraz is one of seven men to have won their first three Grand Slam finals. Federer won his first seven attempts, and Bjorn Borg, Jimmy Connors, Stefan Edberg, Gustavo Kuerten and Stan Wawrinka triumphed in their first three Slam championship matches.

Did you know…?
It is Alcaraz’s eighth title on clay. He has lifted 14 tour trophies in his career, four on clay and two on grass.


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