NEW YORK (AP) — Carlos Alcaraz used his mixture of moxie and maturity to beat Casper Ruud 6-4, 2-6, 7-6 (1), 6-3 in the U.S. Open remaining on Sunday to earn his first Grand Slam title at age 19 and change into the youngest man to be ranked No. 1.
Alcaraz is a Spaniard who was showing in his eighth main event and second at Flushing Meadows however already has attracted loads of consideration as somebody thought-about the Subsequent Large Factor in males’s tennis.
He was serenaded by choruses of “Olé, Olé, Olé! Carlos!” that reverberated off the closed roof at Arthur Ashe Stadium — and Alcaraz typically motioned to the supportive spectators to get louder.
He solely briefly confirmed indicators of fatigue from having to get by way of three consecutive five-setters to achieve the title match, one thing nobody had executed in New York in 30 years.
Alcaraz dropped the second set and confronted a pair of set factors whereas down 6-5 within the third. However he erased every of these point-from-the-set alternatives for Ruud with the types of quick-reflect, soft-hand volleys he repeatedly displayed.
And with assist from a collection of shanked photographs by a tight-looking Ruud within the ensuing tiebreaker, Alcaraz surged to the top of that set.
One break within the fourth was all it took for Alcaraz to seal the victory in the one Grand Slam remaining between two gamers looking for each a primary main championship and the highest spot within the ATP’s computerized rankings, which date to 1973.
Ruud is a 23-year-old from Norway who’s now 0-2 in Slam finals. He was the runner-up to Rafael Nadal on the French Open in June.
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