Males’s tennis has been dominated for twenty years by the “Big Three” of Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer. Within the U.S. Open last on Sunday, 19-year-old Spaniard Carlos Alcaraz recognized himself the “Next One” to succeed them because the winner of many main titles.
Alcaraz received his first Grand Slam singles title and earned the No. 1 world rating with a skillful and decided 6-4, 2-6, 7-6 (1), 6-3 victory over Casper Ruud of Norway in entrance of a crowd at Arthur Ashe Stadium that serenaded him with cries of “Olé” and “Vamos, Carlitos.” Alcaraz completed the match with an ace, then threw himself on his again to soak all of it in.
After assembly Ruud on the internet and embracing the runner-up, Alcaraz ran as much as his supporters’ field to hug them and share his second of triumph.
Alcaraz had been ranked No. 4 on the earth, and Ruud No. 7. They are going to be 1-2 within the rankings Monday.
Nadal, who leads males’s gamers with 22 Grand Slam singles titles, misplaced within the spherical of 16 right here. Federer remains to be recovering from knee surgical procedure, and Djokovic wasn’t allowed to enter the US as a result of he has declined to be vaccinated towards COVID-19.
Alcaraz earns $2.6 million, and Ruud receives $1.3 million. Ruud had reached the ultimate of a Grand Slam as soon as earlier than, shedding in Paris on the French Open this summer season. This was Alcaraz’s first Slam singles last, but it surely absolutely received’t be his final.
In accordance with the Affiliation of Tennis Professionals males’s tour, Alcaraz is the primary teenager to rank No. 1 since 1973. He’s additionally the twenty eighth world No. 1 in ATP rankings historical past (since August 1973) and the 57th of the Open period, which started in 1968.
Alcaraz bought off to a great begin within the first set by breaking Ruud’s serve for a 2-1 lead. Alcaraz then dodged a break level for Ruud to consolidate the break and go up 3-1. He received the set on his first alternative, when Ruud despatched a return into the online.
The second set stayed on serve, with Ruud saving a break level within the fifth recreation to take a 3-2 lead. Ruud, utilizing his glorious topspin forehand, then broke Alcaraz’s serve for a 4-2 lead. Ruud clinched the set on his second probability.
Each males elevated their play within the third set, incomes standing ovations a number of instances for his or her efforts and execution of adverse pictures that they made look simple. Alcaraz went up a break within the first recreation, however Ruud broke again for 2-2 when Alcaraz netted a backhand. They stayed even, at 5-5, till Ruud received the subsequent recreation at love for a 6-5 lead. The gang closely favored Alcaraz but in addition applauded Ruud’s perseverance and line-brushing pictures.
With Alcaraz serving, Ruud carved out two set factors however couldn’t benefit from them. Alcaraz received a recreation that went to deuce 5 instances, sending them to the tiebreak. Ruud made a number of sudden errors, permitting Alcaraz to take the tiebreak and the set.
Alcaraz’s health was outstanding, particularly contemplating he had performed three straight five-set matches to succeed in the ultimate, going the gap towards Marin Cilic within the spherical of 16, Jannik Sinner within the quarterfinals and Frances Tiafoe within the semifinals.
Alcaraz not solely stayed recent bodily, he remained sharp mentally and was good in his shot choice. He broke for a 4-2 lead within the fourth set and received 4 straight factors within the subsequent recreation to place his first championship ever nearer. He wanted a second championship level to finish the match however did it emphatically, with an ace.