Carlos Alcaraz won the US Open title on Sunday by contracting Casper Rudd (6-4, 2-6, 7-6 (1) and 6-3) in the final in four sets. Because of his overall win in New York, the nineteen-year-old Spaniard is also the new number one in the world as the first ever teenager.
Alcaraz is relieved of the role of top seed Daniil Medvedev, who was eliminated from the defending champion in the fourth round of the US Open. The 23-year-old Rudd is the new second in the rankings.
The new US Open winner is the youngest-ever number one successor to Lleyton Hewitt, who was twenty years old when he led the rankings in November 2001. Alcaraz has been known for years as a super talent and is seen as the natural heir to compatriot Rafael Nadal, who was He is 17 years older than him, who was also 19 when he took his first Grand Slam title in 2005.
In recent months, Alcaraz has climbed to fourth in the world rankings due to his victories in tournaments, among others, Miami, Barcelona and Madrid, but in the Grand Slam tournaments, he has not yet advanced to the quarter-finals until the US Open. In New York, set out for the final battle. With Rudd as his opponent, he began the final battle at Arthur Ashe Stadium on Sunday, even though the Norwegian was already in the Grand Slam final. Three months ago, he lost to Nadal at Roland Garros without a chance.
Top 5 New in ATP Ranking
- 1. Carlos Alcaraz (Spain) 6,740 points
- 2. Casper Ruud (Norway) – 5850 points
- 3- Rafael Nadal (Spain) 5,810 points
- 4- Daniil Medvedev (Russia) – 5,065 points
- 5. Alexander Zverev (Germany) – 5040 points
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Rod can also become number one
Also for the 23-year-old Rudd, if he wins the US Open final, he’ll be the new top seed, so it was one last fight at overweight. It was Alcaraz who took the lead in the first set with an offensive game. After breaking chances on both sides in the first two games, Alcaraz scored in the third game.
Rod broke and that break was enough to win the first set (6-4). And the Spaniard was not shy about entering the net if he deemed it necessary.
In the second set, Alcaraz was less dominant in his serve. He got a few points, especially on his second serve, and Rudd was also better in rallying. The Roland Garros runner-up broke Alcaraz to make the score 4-2, while the teen’s frustration became palpable. It even became a double fracture (6-2).
Of course Arthur Ashe Stadium was sold out for the final.
Alkaraz falls on hard courts in Kafr
In the third set, Alcaraz showed his resilience with a 2-0 lead, but Rudd came back 2-2. At 6-5 there were two points for the Norwegian group, but Alcaraz still imposed a tiebreak. In that tiebreak, Rudd made foul after foul (7-1), after which Alcaraz needed another set to win the title.
The revived Alcaraz broke his opponent in the fourth set 3-2 and suddenly came close to his first Grand Slam title. After three consecutive marathon matches, which he won only in the fifth set, he took his first two points against Ruud with a 5-3 score in the fourth set.
Three hours and 20 minutes later the score was on the second match point with a header. Filled with disbelief, Alcaraz fell on the hard American court, after which he showed himself happy and grateful with the cup and first place.
Carlos Alcaraz is lying on the hard court in disbelief.
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