Carlos Alcaraz defeated Casper Ruud in the US Open final 6-4, 2-6, 7-6(1), 6-3.

Carlos Alcaraz defeated Casper Ruud in the US Open final

Winning the championship trophy, the Spaniard also claimed the number one ATP title.

Carlos Alcaraz has gone down in history as the Spaniard who needed 2 hours and 23 minutes to defeat Casper Ruud and win the US Open for the first time. This is also the young Spaniard’s first Grand Slam championship.

The power of Alcaraz’s shots, particularly the serve and net play, created an impression. Ruud’s resistance was overcome by the young Spaniard’s powerful play, who played well with impressive deep shots from the back of the court.

At the age of 19 years and 4 months, Alcaraz won the Grand Slam. He will go down in ATP history when he becomes the youngest player to climb to number one in the world rankings.

Although both declared highly confident before the final, both Alcaraz and Ruud were a bit concerned going into the match. The challenging early games for both players reflected this, as they were repeatedly faced with breakpoints. In the first game, Ruud saved two break points, in the next game it was Alcaraz’s turn to save two break points.

In the third game, the third seed capitalized on an opportunity to break the tie (2-1). After challenging early games, both began to establish stability. Alcaraz won the first set 6-4 without losing the break in the serve games.

In the early games of the second set, the two players generated a fierce pursuit, but the sixth seed quickly broke through. Ruud’s stunning acceleration was aided substantially by Alcaraz’s consecutive missed shots; the Norwegian won four games in a row to win 6-2.

Ruud faced a triple break-point after a little deviation in the opening game of serving in the third set; the Norwegian player only saved one break-point (0-1). Despite having an early advantage, Alcaraz was unable to maintain consistency. Still serving and approaching the field, Alcaraz paid the price in the fourth game when he broke himself to assist his opponent in claiming a break (2-2).

Ruud took the lead after successfully requesting a break, while Alcaraz followed closely behind. Ruud had a set-point following an incredible streak of victories in Game 12, but Alcaraz refused to surrender. After five wins and two set points saved, the Spaniard successfully defended the game and forced a tie-break.

Ruud’s backhand launched the ball into the air, giving Alcaraz his first mini break (3-1), the Norwegian’s second foul backhand in a row. Ruud then made another error by hitting an open forehand to put the ball out (1-4). Alcaraz promptly took advantage of the situation to make it 6-1. Ruud lost his cool under pressure and missed the fourth serve in the crucial game, which Alcaraz won 7-1.

As the fourth set began, the two players played conservatively, which helped them win serve games. Ruud made a fatal error in game six when he hit the ball out of the yard, giving his opponent a break-point. Later, the Norwegian made another error with a broken shot, allowing Alcaraz to win the game (4-2).

A great opportunity to win the final opened up for Alcaraz and the Spaniard quickly seized it. With two games holding the serve well, Alcaraz sealed a 6-3 victory in the fourth set and ended the final with a 3-1 victory.

Carlos Alcaraz defeated Casper Ruud in the US Open final

“It’s something that I used to dream about when I was a kid,” Alcaraz remarked on the award stage after winning his 51st match of the season, which lasted 3 hours and 20 minutes: “To be the No. 1 in the world, to be a Grand Slam Champion, is the kind of feat I’ve worked so hard to achieve!”

“It’s difficult for me to speak right now. Because I’m experiencing a lot of feelings. This is what I was aiming for. All of the work I’ve put in with my support team and my family. I’m only 19 years old, therefore I have to check with my parents and support team on all major decisions. It’s something incredibly special for me! “, Alcaraz revealed…

“King” Carlos put in much work to get to the final. He played six tough bouts, totaling 20 hours and 19 minutes of “standing and running on the field.” He had to fight hard to win after 5 games, especially in the last three rounds before the final match: Round 3, Round 4, and Quarterfinals.

Throughout the 200 minutes of the US Open men’s singles final at Arthur Ashe Center, Alcaraz tried relentlessly. “There’s no time to become tired of Grand Slam final rounds,” Alcaraz added. You must be willing to give your everything from within. And it’s something I’ve worked hard for.”

So far, the US Open is the only Grand Slam that has seen three consecutive seasons with a new Champion who is not one of the Big Three (including Federer – five times US Open, Nadal – four times US Open, and Novak Djokovic) (3 times US Open). From 2004 through the present, the Big Three have frequently won a Grand Slam tournament system for exactly one year before returning…

That’s what happened at the 2014 Australian Open when Stan Wawrinka won (Djokovic was the “manager” before and after), and at Wimbledon in 2013 and 2016 when Andy Murray won ( Federer and Djokovic respectively “handled” the championships before and after). The US Open is the only Grand Slam in which the Big Three have not had complete dominance: Juan Martin del Potro won in 2009, Murray in 2012, Marin Cilic in 2014, and Wawrinka in 2016. Dominic Thiem (2020), Medvedev (2021), and Alcaraz (this year’s champion) are the three most recent US Open champions.

What Alcaraz did in Flushing Meadows, and what the rest of the world has seen, is a sign that the Big Three’s era of world tennis dominance is coming to an end. When the theme of the US Open is “Revolution,” it is also time for Federer, Nadal, and Djokovic to call it quits on their historic quest.