US Open 2022: Carlos Alcaraz wins first Grand Slam title, defeats Casper Ruud in four sets

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Spanish phenomenon Carlos Alcaraz has won his first career grand slamwho defeated Casper Ruud in four sets to capture the 2022 US Open men’s title.

At just 19 years old, Alcaraz is the one now No. 1 player in the world after his victory he cemented himself as the youngest player ever to receive that designation.

The final score of the game was 6-4. 2: 6, 7: 6 (7), 6: 3 for Alcaraz when he fell stunned on the pitch.

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Carlos Alcaraz of Spain celebrates winning the third set tiebreak against Casper Ruud of Norway during their men's singles final of day 14 of the US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in the Flushing borough of Queens on September 11, 2022 2022 from New York City.

Carlos Alcaraz of Spain celebrates winning the third set tiebreak against Casper Ruud of Norway during their men’s singles final of day 14 of the US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in the Flushing borough of Queens on September 11, 2022 2022 from New York City.
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As he stood up and shook Ruud’s hand at the net, the first thing Alcaraz wanted to do was go to his box to hug his coaches, family and friends after achieving a feat unrivaled by any player in his career.

“I’ve dreamed of this since I was a kid,” Alcaraz said after the game, before accepting his check for $2.6 million and his US Open trophy. “To be world No. 1, to be a champion at a Grand Slam. I worked so hard for this. It’s hard to even talk about it. I have so many emotions.”

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In that match the momentum turned straight to Alcaraz going into the fourth set after being dominant in the tiebreak to win the third set. Alcaraz would break the first game of the fourth set on Ruud’s serve, which would eventually result in a 4-2 lead for him.

Alcaraz would use his last two service games to focus the rest of his energy on victory.

Ruud wasn’t too upset after losing to Alcaraz as he is now world No. 2 in tennis. While disappointed, he knows he will keep working until the moment Alcaraz experienced in Flushing.

Carlos Alcaraz of Spain returns a shot against Casper Ruud of Norway during their men's singles final match on day 14 of the 2022 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 11, 2022 in the Flushing borough of the Queens borough of New York .

Carlos Alcaraz of Spain returns a shot against Casper Ruud of Norway during their men’s singles final match on day 14 of the 2022 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 11, 2022 in the Flushing borough of the Queens borough of New York .
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“We knew what we were playing for, we knew what was at stake,” said Ruud. “…I think it fits. I’m disappointed that I’m not number 1, but number 2 isn’t too bad either.”

Both players also acknowledged the anniversary of 9/11 and the tragic events that took place not too far from Arthur Ashe Stadium where they played.

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Alcaraz had a long way to the final, playing in three consecutive five-set games including this Quarterfinals with Jannik Sinner that became the youngest finish in US Open history.

He also defeated American Frances Tiafoe, who forced a fifth set after winning the tie break in the fourth set.

Through all this, Alcaraz never seemed to tire. It was all worth it in the end.

Carlos Alcaraz of Spain celebrates a point against Casper Ruud of Norway during their men's singles final match on day 14 of the US Open 2022 city at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in the Flushing borough of the Queens borough of New York on September 11, 2022.

Carlos Alcaraz of Spain celebrates a point against Casper Ruud of Norway during their men’s singles final match on day 14 of the US Open 2022 city at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in the Flushing borough of the Queens borough of New York on September 11, 2022.
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“I always say that in the finals of a Grand Slam or any tournament, there is no time to get tired,” he said. “You have to give everything on the pitch, you have to give everything you have inside. I worked really hard on that.”

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