Alcaraz defeats Rudd in the US Open final to win his first Grand Slam title, ranked number one

Playing his first Grand Slam final at the age of 19, Carlos Alcaraz crashed his fists as fans leaned on a handrail along the road to Arthur Ashe Stadium. Moments later, after tossing the coin, Alcaraz switched to running back to the baseline to warm up, until he was brought back to the net by the chair umpire for the usual pre-match photos.

The karaz is imbued with boundless enthusiasm and energy, not to mention skill, speed and stamina. He is now the US Open champion and number one player in men’s tennis.

Using his uncommon combination of moxie and maturity, Alcaraz beat Casper Ruud 6-4, 2-6, 7-6 (1), 6-3 on Sunday to win the trophy at Flushing Meadows and become the youngest player to lead the ATP ratings.

“Everything came so fast,” said Alcaraz, who at a certain age may still be considered a child by people. “For me it’s unbelievable. It’s something I’ve dreamed about since I was a kid, ever since I started playing tennis.”

“Of course, I’m hungry for more,” he said.

Watch | Alcaraz beats Rudd in the US Open men’s final

19-year-old Spaniard Carlos Alcaraz wins the US Open

Spain’s Carlos Alcaraz claimed his first Grand Slam title, defeating Norway’s Casper Ruud 6-4, 2-6, 7-6 (1), 6-3 in the US Open final.

Alcaraz, who will rise three places in the standings from fourth on Monday, has attracted a lot of attention as someone considered the next big thing in a sport that has dominated for decades the Big Three – Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer.

“He’s one of those rare few talents that shows up every now and then in the sport. That’s what it looks like,” said Rudd, 23, from Norway. “Let’s see how his career develops, but it is heading in the right direction.”

The Spaniard sang “Ole, Ole, Ole! Carlos!” It reverberated from the arena’s enclosed ceiling – and the curator often urged onlookers to raise their voice. There were two magic dots that elicited applause while standing, including one that Alcaraz lost with the laser to a forehand while sprinting while he ended up on his stomach.

He showed signs of fatigue only briefly from having to pass three straight fives in the three rounds just before the final; No one has gone through such an uphill road to the title in New York in 30 years.

Alcaraz went five sets against 2014 US Open champion Marin Cilic in the fourth round, finishing at 2:23 a.m. Tuesday. against Yannick Sener in the quarter-finals, a 5-hour 15-minute action thriller that ended at 2:50 a.m. Friday after the Caraz needed to save match point; And against Francis Tiafoe in the semi-finals.

“It is not time to get tired,” Alcaraz said.

This wasn’t a walk to the end. He faced a pair of group points while dropping 6-5 in the third. It could be a moment of change of outcome.

But Alcaraz wiped out every one of those defining opportunities for Rod with the kinds of quick reflexes and soft handballs he was offering over and over again.

“He played very well on those points,” Rudd said. “We’ve seen that many times before: he gets ahead when he needs to.” “When he gets close, he makes great shots.”

One break in the fourth game was all it took for Alcaraz to win the only Grand Slam final between two players striving for their first major slam and first place in the computerized ATP rankings, which dates back to 1973.

The winner was guaranteed to be first in Monday’s rankings; The loser was guaranteed to take second place.

Rudd, who came in at number seven at the US Open, said: “We knew what was at stake. I am disappointed, of course, that I’m not #1, but #2 isn’t too bad, either.”

He was also runner-up to Nadal at the French Open in June.

If nothing else, Rudd took home the Sportsmanship Award for conceding a point he knew he didn’t deserve. The score came 4-3 in the first set, when he raced towards a short ball that rebounded twice before touching his racket. Play continued, Alcaraz hesitated, then mistook his response. Rudd told the presiding judge what had happened, and gave the point to Alcaraz, who replied with his thumbs up.

Alcaraz certainly appears to be a rare talent, possessing an all-around game, a combination of ground-breaking power with a willingness to move forward. He scored 34 of the 45 points he finished on the net.

He’s becoming increasingly threatening while serving — he’s made 14 aces at up to 128 mph — and back, earning 11 break points, and a three-point conversion.

Carlos Alcaraz celebrated after winning the third set tiebreak against Casper Rudd on Sunday. (Albelo/Getty Images)

As Rudd pointed out, Alcaraz displayed “an incredible fighting spirit and a will to win.”

Make no mistake: Rod is no slouch. There’s a reason he’s the youngest player since Nadal to reach two major finals in one season.

But this was the time for Alcaraz to shine under the spotlight.

Some perspective: He’s the first teen to win the US Open since Pete Sampras in 1990, and he’s the first teen to win any slam tournament since Nadal at the 2005 French Open.

Decent company.

Another way to understand how fast Alacaraz can go: The last man to win this tournament with his second appearance was Pancho Gonzalez in 1948, before the pros were allowed onto the field.

For the context of the rankings, it is useful to know that Novak Djokovic did not play in the US Open or the Australian Open this year, was unable to enter those countries because he had not been vaccinated against COVID-19, and did not receive any boost to his rankings. Wimbledon because no points were offered to anyone after the All England Club banned athletes from Russia and Belarus due to the invasion of Ukraine.

Regardless of the circumstances, it is important that Alkaraz is the first male teenager in the first position.

No one else did it. Not Nadal, not Djokovic, not Federer, not Sampras or anyone else.

When one of the last-serve winners looked out of Rudd’s tire on Sunday, Alcaraz fell on his back on the court, then flipped onto his stomach, covering his face with his hands.

He went to the stands for a hug with his coach Juan Carlos Ferrero, the same former player who won the 2003 French Open and reached the US Open final that year, others crying all the time.

“He was born to play this kind of tournament, he played this kind of match,” said Ferrero, who has worked with Alcaraz for three years. “From the moment I started with him, I’ve seen some things that were different from other guys his age.”

You can reach #1 for the first time only once.

You win your first Grand Slam title only once.

Many people expect Alcaraz to celebrate these kinds of heroic deeds for years to come.

“I wanna be [at] Summit for several weeks – I wish many years. He said ‘I’m going to work hard again after this week, these two amazing weeks. I’m going to fight [to] Get more of this.”

Krejcikova, Siniakova completed his career in the Grand Slam

The only thing that can stop Barbora Krejcikova and Katerina Siniakova in this year’s Grand Slam tournaments is COVID-19.

The Czechs won their third major tournament in 2022 and completed their Grand Slam run on Sunday, rallying late to beat Katie McNally and Taylor Townsend 3-6, 7-5, 6-1 in the US Women’s Open doubles final.

Krejcikova and Siniakova started the year by winning the Australian Open for the first time, but were unable to defend their title at the 2021 French Open after Krejcikova tested positive for COVID-19 and withdrew after losing her opening singles match.

They then won Wimbledon for the second time and now hold six major titles.

The Americans were playing together in a major tournament for the first time after Townsend returned this year after giving birth to her son in March 2021. They couldn’t match the experience of the Czechs, who started playing together as juniors.

Ranked third at Flushing Meadows, they didn’t look like they would win after McNally and Townsend took a 4-1 lead in the second set. The Americans went back ahead 5-4, but the Czechs won 12 of the last 15 points to take the set, then went ahead 4-0 in the third.

This was the second consecutive US Open final loss to McNally, who shared last year with Coco Gauff.

Siniakova will replace Gauff – who along with partner Jesica Pegula lost in the first round at Flushing Meadows as the second seed – at the top of the WTA doubles rankings. Krejcikova will rise to second place and McNally will return from 22nd to the top 10.

De Groot picks up the last Grand Slam wheelchair

Diede de Groot captured the Grand Slam tournament for the second time in a calendar year, while Alfie Hewitt prevented Shingo Kunieda from doing the same by winning the men’s title at the US Open.

De Groot, the number one seed from the Netherlands, beat second seed Yui Kamigi 3-6, 6-1, 6-1.

She won the Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon and the US Open wheelchair singles titles for the second year in a row. She won a gold title in 2021, adding the Paralympic gold to her grand slam victories.

Konida won her first three Grand Slam titles this year, but second seed Hewitt beat the top seed from Japan 7-6 (2), 6-1.

The tournament raises $2 million for Ukraine

The 2022 US Open raised $2 million to ease the Ukraine crisis.

The American Tennis Association said the fundraising began with the “Tennis Play for Peace” exhibition the week before the tournament, which featured players such as women’s champion Ega Sweetek and Nadal, and continued fundraising from partner companies, fans and private donors.

The money was donated to GlobalGiving’s Ukraine Crisis Relief Fund, which supports humanitarian assistance in affected communities in Ukraine and surrounding areas where Ukrainian refugees have fled.