Astounding Carlos Alcaraz wins US Open and becomes world number one | Tennis News

NEW YORK: Spanish teenager Carlos Alcaraz completed his rapid ascent to the top of the tennis world on Sunday, winning his first Grand Slam title and taking the top spot in the standings with a 6-4, 2-6, 7-6(1), 6-3 win over Norway Casper Ruud in the final of the US Open.
Alcaraz, 19, fell on his back and put his hands to his face before jumping up to kiss Ruud at the net. He then climbed past the photographers and into the stands to celebrate in his dressing room with his team.
“It’s something I’ve dreamed of since I was a kid, to be number one in the world, to be a Grand Slam champion,” Alcaraz said in an on-court interview.
“All the hard work I’ve done with my team, with my family. I’m only 19, so all the hard decisions are up to my parents and my team as well.
“It’s something that’s really, really special to me.” “Bravo Carlitos!” was displayed on a banner inside the stadium for the El Palmar native.

The electrifying Alcaraz, who thrilled fans during the two-week tournament in New York with his acrobatic shot, replaced Russian Daniil Medvedev at the top of the standings.
He is the youngest world number one since the ATP Rankings started in 1973, beating the mark set by Lleyton Hewitt, who was 20 when he hit number one in 2001.
Alcaraz had a tough road to the title.
He fought back after a fifth-set breakdown to beat Marin Cilic in the fourth round, played in the last final match in tournament history to defeat Italy’s Jannik Sinner in the quarters and faced American Frances Tiafoe in the semis. -final.

“I always say there is no time to be tired in the final round of a Grand Slam or any tournament,” said Alcaraz, who spent 23 hours and 40 minutes on the runs in his seven matches.
“You have to give everything you have inside.”
Ruud was trying to become the first Norwegian to claim top spot but couldn’t match Alcaraz’s firepower under the closed roof of the Arthur Ashe Stadium.
French Open runner-up Ruud will move up to second in the world from number seven.
Sunday’s final was the first with two men competing for their first Grand Slam title and world number one.

“We knew what we were playing for, we knew what was at stake,” Ruud said.
“Number two isn’t too bad either. I will keep chasing my first Grand Slam and world number one.”
Fan favorite Alcaraz broke early to take the first set but his serve started to falter in the second and Ruud found the range with his forehand to level the contest.
The Norwegian didn’t have the momentum for long as Alcaraz broke in the opening game of the third with a deft drop shot but Ruud responded again, saving a break point on his serve and coming back on a backhand error from Alcaraz for 2-2.

Alcaraz saved two set points in the final game of the third set and fans jumped out of their seats when he broke an aerial to force a tiebreaker.
Ruud, who had been solid in the second and third sets, blinked in the tiebreaker, firing a few shots and struggling to make returns as Alcaraz picked up seven straight points to go a set away of the trophy.
Alcaraz continued to crush forehands in the fourth set to wear Ruud down and he sealed the win with a powerful match point serve.
Before the match, a minute’s silence was observed in honor of the approximately 3,000 people who were killed in the attacks of September 11, 2001. The date of the attack was written on the pitch and the two players started their remarks on the pitch acknowledging the grim anniversary.

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