Carlos Alcaraz defeats Casper Ruud to win his first Grand Slam title : NPR


Spain’s Carlos Alcaraz returns a shot to Norway’s Casper Ruud in the men’s singles final of the US Open tennis championships on Sunday. Alcaraz emerged the champion.

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Carlos Alcaraz defeats Casper Ruud to win his first Grand Slam title : NPR

Spain’s Carlos Alcaraz returns a shot to Norway’s Casper Ruud in the men’s singles final of the US Open tennis championships on Sunday. Alcaraz emerged the champion.

Marie Altaffer/AP

NEW YORK — Carlos Alcaraz used his combination of moxie and maturity to beat Casper Ruud 6-4, 2-6, 7-6(1), 6-3 in Sunday’s US Open final to win his first Grand Slam title at age 19 and become the youngest man to be ranked No.

Alcaraz is a Spaniard who was playing in his eighth major and second at Flushing Meadows but has already garnered a lot of attention as someone seen as the next big thing in men’s tennis.

He was serenaded by choruses of “Olé, Olé, Olé! Carlos!” which echoed off the closed roof of Arthur Ashe Stadium – and Alcaraz would often wave to supportive spectators to come up louder.

He only briefly showed signs of fatigue after having to go three straight sets to reach the title match, something no one had done in New York in 30 years.

Alcaraz lost the second set and faced a pair of set points as they were down 6-5 in the third. But he erased each of those set-point opportunities for Ruud with the kinds of quick-thinking, soft volleys he displayed repeatedly.

And with the help of a series of rod shots from a tight-looking Ruud in the ensuing tiebreaker, Alcaraz surged until the end of that set.

A break in the fourth was enough for Alcaraz to seal victory in the only Grand Slam final between two players seeking both a first major championship and the top spot in the computerized ATP rankings, which dates back to 1973.

Ruud is a 23-year-old Norwegian who is now 0-2 in Slam finals. He was Rafael Nadal’s runner-up at Roland-Garros in June.


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