US Open: Carlos Alcaraz defeats Casper Ruud to win first Grand Slam, become new world No 1


 

Carlos Alcaraz won his first ever Grand Slam title at the US Open on Sunday night, also becoming the youngest man to be ranked world No 1.

The Spanish teenager beat Casper Ruud 6-4 2-6 7-6 (7-1) 6-3.

Both Alcaraz and Ruud went into the match hoping to lift a first Grand Slam title and to top the rankings.

But it was the 19-year-old who came out on top on Arthur Ashe Stadium.

Alcaraz is more than a year younger than Lleyton Hewitt was when he topped the standings in 2001.

“This is something I dreamed of since I was a young kid. To be number one in the world, to be the champion of a Grand Slam.

“All the hard work I did with my team, my family. I’m just 19 years old so a lot of the decisions are with my team, my parents. It’s something that is very special for me,” Alcaraz said.

Alcaraz admitted he was “a little bit” tired, but said: “I always said it’s not time to be tired in the final round of a Grand Slam. You have to give everything on court, everything you have inside.”

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