Spain Davis Cup team captain Sergi Bruguera said he felt it was a matter of time before Carlos Alcaraz won his first Grand Slam title. On Sunday, 19-year-old Alcaraz defeated Casper Ruud 6-4, 2-6, 7-6(1), 6-3 in the final of the US Open.
In addition to aiming for his first Grand Slam title in the US Open final, Alcaraz also had his eye on the No. 1 ranking. Victory in the US Open final made Alcaraz the youngest number 1 in tennis history. Earlier this year, Alcaraz won two Masters titles.
“At Alcaraz we knew this would happen sooner or later, but everything happened very quickly, which is impressive. The week he’s had has been impressive, a lot of five-set matches as well as a great final. He’s spectacular. ” both physically and mentally, but the most important thing for us is that he comes to us on Tuesday and has time to recover,” said Bruguera.
After winning Masters titles in Miami and Madrid, Alcaraz told the tennis community that he was ready to win a Grand Slam title. At the French Open, Alcaraz reached the quarterfinals before losing to Alexander Zverev. Then Alcaraz reached the round of 16 at Wimbledon before falling to Jannik Sinner.
Alcaraz may not have won his first Grand Slam title when he expected to win at the French Open, but it didn’t take long for his dream to come true.
Ferrer opens Alcaraz
Former world No. 3 David Ferrer has stated in a recent interview with Marca that Carlos Alcaraz is Rafael Nadal’s natural successor.
“It is clear that Carlos is a blessing. We have Rafa Nadal who is unique but the truth is we are relieved because he is a different player, special. Rafa Nadal is unique but Carlos is his natural one Successor; he has.” something else,” Ferrer said.
“Yes, it’s surprising how he’s faced favoritism and pressure at 19. He has something different from the others, like it happened with Rafa, Federer and Djokovic in his time. He’s a tennis player who owns all the shots and dominates point.
He’s humble and wants to keep learning every day,” Ferrer said. Carlos Alcaraz took the spotlight after winning his first Major title at the 2022 US Open. “As a kid, you always want to be like someone, you know. Growing up with viewers was incredible for me [the Big 3’s] Matches.
Only the best guys in the world dominating the ATP and winning for so many years. That helped me to be like her – well, to try to be like her,” Alcaraz said.