Spanish tennis player Carlos Alcaraz triumphed in men’s singles at the US Open and won the first Grand Slam title in his career. In the final, he defeated the top five seeded Norwegian Casper Ruud in the tournament’s top three position 6:4, 2:6, 7:6 (1), 6:3. On Monday, at the age of 19 years and 4 months, she will be the youngest world number one in history.
Carlos Alcaraz with his team after the triumph in Flushing Meadows.
The duel between Alcaraz and Ruud is a direct fight for the post of leader of the ATP ranking. The Spaniard followed up his victory over the Norwegian from the final of the Masters 1000 tournament in Miami in March and adjusted the mutual record to 3:0.
He takes home a pre-tax bonus of $2.6 million from New York and 2,000 points on the leaderboard. Alcaraz is the second youngest US Open champion after the legendary American Pete Sampras, who won his first trophy when he was 19 years and 28 days old.
It was the second unsuccessful Grand Slam final for the 23-year-old Ruud. In June, in the duel for the title at Roland Garros in Paris, he lost in three sets to Alcaraz’s compatriot Rafael Nadal. The Norwegian will be world number two in the new edition of the ranking and will improve his career best.
The match for the men’s singles title at this year’s US Open was characterized by great intensity from the start. Ruud faced two break points in the opening game, but he fended them off and in the next game he led 40:15 when Alcaraz served.
Carlos Alcaraz Carlos Alcaraz in the US Open final.
However, the Spaniard helped himself with two quality first serves, held his serve and broke Ruuda in the third game, which was the decisive moment of the first set. In important moments, Alcaraz demonstrated that he has a great feeling for the ball, he was able to help in difficult exchanges with precise volleys.
In the second act, Ruud increased his aggressiveness, winning four games in a row from 2:2 and leveling at 1:1 in sets. Alcaraz quickly recovered and took a 2:0 lead early in the third period after a fast break. However, Ruud equalized at 2:2 and at 6:5, he worked out two set points while serving Alcaraz. The Spaniard turned them away and forced a tiebreak, in which he dominated, benefiting from the opponent’s four unforced errors.
In the fourth set, Alcaraz served brilliantly, thanks to a break in the sixth game, he jumped Ruud to 4:2 and already brought the match to a successful end. In the ninth game, he converted his second match point in a row on his own serve.
Men – singles – final:
Carlos Alcaraz (Sp.-3) – Casper Ruud (Nor.-5) 6:4, 2:6, 7:6 (1), 6:3
Source: Pravda – Šport – Futbal – Hokej by sport.pravda.sk.
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