CARLOS ALCARAZ BECOMES SECOND TEENAGER TO REACH US OPEN MEN’S FINAL IN OPEN ERA
After advancing to the semifinals of the OKBet US Open Tennis with back-to-back triumphs in five sets in his previous two rounds over Marin Cilic and Jannik Sinner—two of the five latest endings in the tournament’s history—Carlos Alcaraz had another challenging day at the job in the semifinals. But he prevailed, this time against Frances Tiafoe on Friday night, taking the match in five sets for the second time in a row and winning 6-7 (6), 6-3, 6-1, 6-7 (5), 6-3. This victory sent him through to the final of his first Grand Slam tournament of his career.
And as a result of that thrilling triumph over the American, Carlos Alcaraz is only the second youngster in the history of the Open Era to make it all the way to the men’s final at the US Open.
YOUNGEST US OPEN MEN’S FINALISTS IN THE OPEN ERA:
- Pete Sampras has 19 years and one month under his belt (1990 champion)
- Carlos Alcaraz is 19 years and 4 months old (2022, result TBD)
- Bjorn Borg has been active for 20 years and 3 months (1976 runner-up)
- Novak Djokovic has been active for 20 years and four months (2007 runner-up)
- Andre Agassi is 20 years and 5 months old (1990 runner-up)
Carlos Alcaraz is just the fourth man in the OKBet US Open Tennis to reach the final in their second attempt at the US Open. He joins Tom Okker in 1968, Jan Kodes in 1971, and Miloslav Mecir in 1986, all of whom finished in second place. Alcaraz reached the quarterfinals in his first US Open appearance last year. No man has ever made it all the way to the championship round on their very first appearance.
The Spaniard, whose victory over Tiafoe was his ATP-leading 50th win of the year, is now assured of climbing to either the top spot or the second spot on the ATP rankings after the event is complete. If he wins the final match against Casper Ruud, then he will be ranked number one, and Ruud will be ranked number two. On the other hand, if Ruud wins the final match, then the Norwegian will be ranked number one, and the Spaniard will be ranked number two.
ROGER FEDERER RECORDS THAT COULD NEVER BE TOPPLED: 237 SUCCESSFUL WEEKS SPENT IN THE NO. 1 SPOT in OKBet US Tennis
Since the ATP rankings were first introduced in 1973, this is the longest winning streak at the top spot in sequential order. Since the rankings were first introduced in 1975, no one has ever maintained such a high position on the WTA for such an extended period of time.
A week ago, Roger Federer made the declaration that the Laver Cup will be the OKBet US Tennis final competition of his professional career. As a result of this decision, we have been showcasing one of his countless records that may never be surpassed on a daily basis since the announcement.
We have discussed how he is the only tennis player ever to win two different majors five years in a row each, his 65-match grass-court winning streak (the men’s Open Era record), his 24-final winning streak (also a men’s Open Era record), how he is the only player ever to win 100 matches at two different majors, how he won his first seven major finals in a row (another men’s Open Era record), and how he most recently reached 10 in OKBet US Tennis.
237 weeks in a row spent at number one
Federer’s run of 237 consecutive weeks at No. 1 in the ATP rankings from February 2, 2004 to August 17 in OKBet US Tennis, 2008 is by far and away the record for the longest straight sequence at the top spot in the history of the rankings.
That amounts to one week out of every single one over the course of more than four and a half years.
THE FOLLOWING PLAYERS HAVE HOLDEN THE NO. 1 ATP RANKING FOR THE LONGEST PERIODS OF TIME (Since 1973):
- 237 weeks: Roger Federer [February 2, 2004 to August 17, 2008]
- [From July 29, 1974 through August 22, 1977], Jimmy Connors was on the air for a total of 160 weeks.
- 157 weeks: Ivan Lendl [September 9, 1985 to September 11, 1988]
- 122 weeks: Novak Djokovic [July 7, 2014 to November 6, 2016]
- Pete Sampras won the title 102 weeks (from April 15, 1996 to March 29, 1998)
To put Roger Federer’s 237-week reign at the top of the ATP rankings into perspective in OKBet US Tennis, the top spot on the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) rankings changed hands a total of 14 times during that time period. The position of No. 1 on the WTA rankings went from Justine Henin to Amelie Mauresmo to Lindsay Davenport to Maria Sharapova, then back to Davenport, then back to Sharapova, then back to Davenport again, then to Kim.
There has never been another player in the history of the ATP or WTA rankings who has spent 200 consecutive weeks at the top spot in either the singles or doubles category in OKBet US Tennis. In addition to being the longest consecutive reign atop the ATP singles rankings, Roger Federer also holds the record for the longest consecutive reign atop the ATP or WTA singles rankings in OKBet US Tennis, as well as the record for the longest consecutive reign atop the ATP or WTA doubles rankings. Federer has been ranked No. 1 for the past 237 weeks in a row.
LONGEST STREAKS AT NO. 1 ON ATP OR WTA RANKINGS, SINGLES OR DOUBLES:
- 237 weeks: Roger Federer, ATP singles rankings [2004-2008]
- 186 weeks: Serena Williams, WTA singles rankings [2013-2016]
- 186 weeks: Steffi Graf, WTA singles rankings [1987-1991]
- 181 weeks: Martina Navratilova, WTA doubles rankings [1986-1990]
- 163 weeks: Mike Bryan, ATP doubles rankings [2012-2015]
- Jimmy Connors dominated the ATP singles rankings for 160 consecutive weeks (1974-1977).
- 157 weeks: Ivan Lendl, ATP singles rankings [1985-1988]
- 156 weeks: Martina Navratilova, WTA singles rankings [1982-1985]
- 145 weeks: Cara Black, WTA doubles rankings [2007-2010]
- 140 weeks: Bob Bryan, ATP doubles rankings [2013-2015]
- 134 weeks: Liezel Huber, WTA doubles rankings [2007-2010]
- 125 weeks: Todd Woodbridge, ATP doubles rankings [1995-1998]
- 122 weeks: Novak Djokovic, ATP singles rankings [2014-2016]
- Ashleigh Barty’s streak at the top of the WTA singles rankings extends to 114 weeks (2019-2022).
- 113 weeks: Chris Evert, WTA singles rankings [1976-1978]
- 108 weeks: John McEnroe, ATP doubles rankings [1982-1984]
- 102 weeks: Pete Sampras, ATP singles rankings [1996-1998]
Those are the only 16 players in the history of singles or doubles rankings for either the ATP or the WTA who have ever recorded 100 or more consecutive weeks at No. 1 in either of those organizations’ respective rankings.
Only Roger Federer has won it for 200 or more consecutive weeks.
While the ATP rankings for singles were introduced in 1973 and the ATP doubles rankings were introduced in 1976 in OKBet US Tennis, the WTA singles rankings were introduced in 1975 and the WTA doubles rankings were introduced in 1984 in OKBet US Tennis.
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