10 youngest first-time ATP Masters 1000 winners
10 youngest first-time Masters 1000 winners
Check out the youngest male players to win an ATP Masters 1000 event, including three Spaniards and a certain American at the top of the list.
10. Marat Safin 20 years and 8 months
The Russian’s first-ever ATP Masters 1000 title came in 2000 at the Toronto Masters. Safin had an inspired title run, which included an epic three-set blockbuster against number two seed Pete Sampras in the quarter-finals, where the American even had match points of his own to seal the win. In the final, he comfortably swept Israel’s Harel Levy to win in straight sets and win his fourth title of the year and his first Masters title.
9. Sergi Bruguera, 20 years and 3 months
The future two-time French Open champion clinched his first ATP Masters 1000 title in Monte Carlo in 1991. The tournament’s ninth seed stormed through the competition, dropping only a set on the way to the final. final. In the final, he faced world number two Boris Becker. The final was a hotly contested affair with the Spaniard edging the encounter 5–7, 6-4, 7-6(6), 7-6(4), to claim his first of two Monte Carlo Masters titles . The second coming two years later in 1993.
8. Tomas Berdych, 20 years and 2 months
Berdych won his first Masters title at the Paris Masters in 2005. His journey was nothing short of remarkable. En route to the title, he beat five consecutive seeds, including second seed Guillermo Coria, thirteenth seed Juan Carlos Ferrero, seventh seed Gaston Gaudio and fellow countryman and eighth seed Radek Stepanek. This culminated in a five-set marathon final against sixth seed Ljubicic, where the score read 6–3, 6–4, 3–6, 4–6, 6–4.
7. Alexander Zverev 20 years and 1 month
Winning his maiden Masters 1000 title in Rome in 2017 meant the German had become the first player born in the 1990s to win a Masters 1000 event. The sixteenth seed beat 20-time winner Novak Djokovic. Grand Slam, in straight sets in the final 6-4, 6-3 to lift the trophy in Italy.
6. Andre Agassi 19 years and 11 months
The American’s triumph in Miami in 1990 came in a stacked field that included current reigning champion and Wimbledon champion Boris Becker and world number three and Indian Wells champion Stefan Edberg. The Miami final was a repeat of the Indian Wells one, with Agassi taking on the Swede, but this time Agassi was the winner. Despite being bageled, Agassi won 6–1, 6–4, 0–6, 6–2, making it his 10th career title and second title of the year.
5. Novak Djokovic 19 years and 10 months
The tenth seed didn’t drop a single set en route to winning the 2007 Miami Open title by beating longtime rivals Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray in the quarter-finals and semi-finals respectively. He faced Argentine qualifier and former world number eight Guillermo Cañas in the final. The Serb comfortably won the final, 6–3, 6–2, 6–4 to claim his first of a record 37 Masters titles.
4. Andrei Medvedev 19 years and 7 months
Medvedev’s title run in Monte Carlo in 1994 saw victories over two former world number ones Jim Courier and Yevgeny Kafelnikov. Interestingly, the final saw sixth seed Medvedev take on fifth seed Sergi Bruguera in the final. The Spaniard was looking to defend his Monte Carlo Masters crown, but the Ukrainian beat Bruguera comfortably in straight sets 7–5, 6–1, 6–3.
3. Carlos Alcaraz 18 years and 11 months
The Spanish teenage sensation continued his rapid rise after winning the Miami Open last week. The Spaniard backed his semi-final in Indian Wells, beating four seeded opponents on the way to his maiden Masters 1000 title. He beat fellow Masters final debutant and sixth-seeded Casper Ruud in the final to become the youngest Miami Open champion.
2. Rafael Nadal 18 years and 10 months
Like Medvedev and Bruguera on this list, Nadal also won his first title at the Monte Carlo Country Club. Nadal didn’t drop a single set before the semi-final, where he came down a set to beat compatriot Richard Gasquet. Nadal, in the final, played clay legend Guillermo Coria and despite his bagel the Spaniard won in four sets 6–3, 6–1, 0–6, 7–5. The 2005 title was the first of his eight consecutive Monte Carlo Masters titles.
1. Michael Chang 18 years and 6 months
Chang won his first Masters 1000 title in Toronto in 1990, but he certainly did it the hard way. Starting from the third round, Chang faced the top ten opponents. In the third round, he dispatched ninth seed David Wheaton 6-0, 6-3. In the quarterfinals and semifinals, he faced world number one Andre Agassi and future US Open champion Pete Sampras. He impressively beat the two Americans coming from a set to win.
In the final, he faced compatriot and fourth seed Jay Berger for the Toronto Masters title. Similarly, Chang again recorded another comeback win to beat Berger 4–6, 6–3, 7–6 recording his only title of 1990.
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