US Open: Carlos Alcaraz wins to become youngest world No. 1 in history
This is the arrival of Carlos 1er: In the largest tennis arena in the world, the Arthur Ashe Court, Carlos Alcaraz became the youngest N.1 in the world at the age of 19 by winning the US Open, his first Grand Slam tournament. at the expense of the Norwegian Casper Ruud.
The Spaniard won 6-4, 2-6, 7-6 (7/1), 6-3 in 3:20.
Arriving fourth in the world at Flushing Meadows, he is the first player under 20 to make it to the top of the world hierarchy. Previously, the youngest No. 1 was Australia’s Lleyton Hewitt, who was 20 years and 9 months old when he became No. 1 on November 19, 2001.
Ruud (7th), 23 years old, who played his first major final at Roland-Garros in June, will be N.2 on Monday. In the event of a title, he could also become N.1.
This final ended a hair-raising tournament for the Spaniard, who became a finalist with an overall time of 23:40, having spent the most time on court during a Grand Slam tournament. The previous record was held by South African Kevin Anderson when he lost the final at Wimbledon in 2018 after spending 11:20 p.m. on the pitch.
Alcaraz showed the full range of his talent, physically, tactically and tennis. But the well-known strict Norwegian was not left out to ensure the show. The almost 24,000 spectators cheered one or the other of the two players several times with deafening applause.
– Spectacular Points –
In the first set, Alcaraz scored the break to lead 2-1 and held the lead. Showing respect between the two gladiators, Ruud admitted a ball had doubled in his bearing, giving his opponent the point as they trailed 4-3.
While Alcaraz seemed to be in control of the match, it was Ruud who dominated the second set by taking Alcaraz’s serve twice.
The third set started with a break from Alcaraz but Ruud recovered to come back to 2-2.
At the score of 4-4 and 30/30, the Spaniard was flat on his stomach – but with one penalty – a new phenomenal point that provoked a standing ovation that shook the walls of Arthur Ashe Court.
With a very high level of play, the two men reached the tiebreak.
While he had lost the four tie-breaks played since the start of the tournament, this time Alcaraz clearly dominated this crucial game.
In the fourth set, he took Ruud’s serve one last time to lead 4-2 and maintained his advantage until the final win, converted with his second match point.
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