Carlos Alcaraz vs Casper Ruud: Carlos Alcaraz of Spain won the first Grand Slam of his career. Alcaraz defeated Casper Ruud of Norway 6-4, 2-6, 7-6(1), 6-3 in the US Open Final. With this, Alkaraz also became the world number-1 in the ATP rankings for the first time. In the 39-year history of the ATP rankings, he is the youngest player to become the world number-1. He broke Layton Hewitt’s record. Hewitt achieved World No. 1 rankings in 2001 at the age of 20.
19-year-old Alkaraz said after the match, ‘This is something I used to dream about since I was a kid. It was my childhood dream to be number 1 in the world and win a Grand Slam. This is very special for me. I have worked hard for this along with my team and family. I am just 19 years old now, all the tough decisions for me have been taken by my family and my team.
The call heard round the
— US Open Tennis (@usopen) September 12, 2022
Youngest player to win Grand Slam in last 17 years
Alkaraz had landed in the US Open as a world number-4 player. He was seeded third at the US Open. In contrast, Kasper Roode is the world number-7 player. He was seeded 5th in the US Open. The US Open final was the first Grand Slam final for Alcaraz, while it was the second Grand Slam final for Roode. Alcaraz also made two big records by winning the US Open title. He became the youngest player to win a Grand Slam title in the last 17 years. In the US Open, he became the youngest player to win the trophy in the last 32 years.