Carlos Alcaraz clinches US Open title with straight-sets win over Casper Ruud

Spanish teenager Carlos Alcaraz showed explosive power and impressive touch around the net as he beat a Norwegian Casper Ruud 6-4, 2-6, 7-6(1), 6-3 to clinch his first Grand Slam trophy – the US Open Crown – and secure the world No. 1 ranking on Monday (IST).

Alcaraz, 19, won 76% on net (34/45) to outlast his opponent inside Arthur Ashe Stadium after a fight lasting nearly three hours and 20 minutes. It was Alcaraz’s 51st round-level win of the season

Drained of his energy, Alcaraz dropped to the ground after the victory then went up the stands to kiss his coach and former player Juan Carlos Ferrero.

“It’s something I’ve dreamed of since I was a kid. To be world No. 1, to be a Grand Slam champion, that’s something I’ve worked very, very hard for,” Alcaraz said. by ATP.

“It’s hard to talk at the moment, I have a lot of emotions. It’s something I’ve tried to achieve. All the hard work I’ve done with my team and my family. I don’t I’m only 19, all the hard decisions were made with my parents and my team as well. It’s something really special for me,” he added.

The US Open was a waste of energy for Alcaraz, who endured three straight matches in five sets to reach their first Grand Slam final. He has spent 20 hours and 19 minutes on the pitch in six games en route to the title showdown with Ruud.

“There is no time to be tired in the last rounds of a Grand Slam… You have to be ready and give everything you have inside. It’s something I work for very hard,” Alcaraz said.

Alcaraz became the youngest Grand Slam winner since 19-year-old Spaniard stalwart Rafael Nadal lifted the French Open trophy in 2005, while he is the youngest US Open winner since the American legend Pete Sampras, 19, in 1990.

Alcaraz arrived in New York as world No. 4 but leaves Flushing Meadows the highest-ranked player, becoming the youngest to reach the top of tennis in ATP ranking history (since 1973).

The Spaniard also equaled the biggest jump to No.1, as he is the fourth Spaniard to climb to the top, joining coach Ferrero, Carlos Moya and Nadal.

Alcaraz spent a total of 23 hours and 39 minutes on the court en route to the crown, surpassing Kevin Anderson at Wimbledon in 2018 for the most time played in a single Grand Slam tournament on record (since 1999).

Ruud, who lost to Nadal in the French Open final in June, was keen to become the 28th player and the first Norwegian to move up to No.1.

“Things went so well. Today was a special night,” Ruud said. “Carlos (Alcaraz) and I knew what we were playing for and what was at stake. We will be No. 2 and No. 1 in the world, I think that’s normal. Of course I’m disappointed not to be No. 1 . . 1, but No. 2 isn’t bad either. I’m happy with that number and I’ll keep chasing after my first Grand Slam title and my No. 1 ranking,” added Ruud. The youngest world No. 1 in the ATP rankings

Carlos Alcaraz 19 years, four months Sep 12, 2022

Lleyton Hewitt 20 years, nine months November 19, 2001

Marat Safin 20 years, 10 months Nov. 20, 2000

John McEnroe 21 years, one month March 3. 1980

Andy Roddick 21 years, two months November 3, 2003

Bjorn Borg 21 years, three months August 23, 1977



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