Carlos Alcaraz wins his first Grand Slam title with victory at the US Open

A potentially legendary career in men’s tennis reached a milestone on Sunday when Spain’s Carlos Alcaraz won his first Grand Slam title at the US Open, beating Norway’s Casper Ruud 6-4, 2-6, 7-6 , 6-3.

Alcaraz, who turned 19 in May, has been the subject of inflated expectations and breathless predictions of greatness since his early teens. But it would have been difficult for even his staunchest supporters to imagine how quickly he rose to the top of the game.

After being ranked 141st at the start of the 2021 season, his victory at the US Open makes Alcaraz the first teenage boy to reach world No. He is also the youngest man to win a first Grand Slam title since Rafael Nadal did it just before his 19th birthday at the 2005 French Open.

USA Today

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