Rafa Nadal’s classy performance for Carlos Alcaraz after the title

Rafa Nadal (pictured left) poses with a young Carlos Alcaraz and (pictured right) Alcaraz kisses the US Open trophy.

Rafa Nadal (pictured, left) was quick to praise Carlos Alcaraz (pictured, right) after the 19-year-old won his maiden US Open title and became the youngest-ever world No. 1. (Images: Twitter/Getty Images)

Rafa Nadal quickly paid off his compatriot Praise from Carlos Alcaraz after the 19-year-old Star became the youngest-ever ATP World No.1 after winning his maiden US Open title.

Alcaraz broke tennis records after becoming the youngest player ever to reach world No. 1 with his 6-4, 2-6, 7-6, 6-3 win over Casper Ruud in the US Open final.

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The Spaniard collapsed on the floor after securing his first Grand Slam title and fifth ATP title in 2022.

The 19-year-old has had a remarkable year as he became the youngest-ever men’s champion at Miami and Madrid.

Alcaraz also became the youngest player defeating both Nadal and Novak Djokovic.

And during his time in New York, US Open records fell.

The Spaniard became the youngest US Open winner since Pete Sampras in 1990.

And he also became the youngest Grand Slam champion since Nadal in 2005.

He also became the first man in 30 years to win the US Open after winning three consecutive fives before the final.

The Spaniard was hailed as the future of men’s tennis and Nadal was quick to praise Alcaraz for his remarkable performance.

He also congratulated Ruud, a Rafa Nadal Academy graduate, on his special run to the final and finishing second in the world rankings.

Alcaraz often referred to it Nadal growing up as his tennis idol and the couple snapped a series of photos together.

The young Spaniard also has a game modeled after his idol.

Alcaraz’ rise to the top of men’s tennis has been remarkable.

At the end of 2020, the Spaniard was number 141 in the world.

After lifting the trophy at Flushing Meadows, Alcaraz is now at the pinnacle of the sport.

He has won 9-4 against the top 10 players and 51-9 overall in 2022.

Alcaraz took to Twitter after his win to thank the crowd for their support in New York.

“These two weeks have been incredible and included some very tough matches,” he wrote.

“Thank you NYC for the support, the energy on the pitch is inexplicable.

“And thank you to everyone across the world who stays up late or gets up early to support me.”

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US Open women’s champion Iga Swiatek also celebrated Alcaraz’s victory 24 hours after her own piece of history.

Coco Gauff, tennis icon Billie Jean King and others also commented on the historic moment.

Alcaraz has appeared in his eighth major tournament and second at Flushing Meadows but has already garnered a lot of attention as someone is considered the next big thing in men’s tennis.

He only briefly showed signs of tiring, having to go through three consecutive five-setters to reach the title match, something no one in New York had done in 30 years.

Alcaraz dropped the second set and faced two set points while trailing 6-5 in the third.

But he erased every one of those point-from-the-set chances for Ruud with soft volleys that he performed repeatedly.

Carlos Alcaraz (pictured) smiles with the US Open trophy.

Carlos Alcaraz (pictured) celebrates with the championship trophy after beating Casper Ruud in the US Open final. (Photo by Diego Souto/Quality Sport Images/Getty Images)

And with the help of a series of shafted shots from a toned-looking Ruud in the ensuing tie-break, Alcaraz stormed through to the end of that set.

A break in the fourth was all Alcaraz needed to seal victory in the only Grand Slam final between two players seeking both a first major championship and first place in the ATP’s 1973 computerized rankings.

Ruud, the 23-year-old Norwegian, is now 0-2 in the Slam final.

with AAP

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