C. Alcaraz raised the silver cup to the New York sky a little shyly. The exceptional talent defeated Norwegian Casper Ruud 6:4, 2:6, 7:6 (7:1), 6:3 in the US Open final and celebrated his triumph on the court very emotionally.
“From the moment I started playing tennis, I dreamed of winning a Grand Slam tournament and becoming the number one tennis player in the world. It’s hard for me to even talk about it,” said C. Alcaraz.
Until now, the Australian Lleyton Hewitt, at the age of 20 years and 9 months, was the youngest tennis player since 1973 to reach the first place in the ATP ranking.
C. Alcaraz, after Pete Sampras (in 1990), is the second young (-nineteen-year-old) who managed to win the “US Open” tournament since the establishment of professional tennis in 1968. C. Alcaraz is also the youngest Grand Slam winner since Rafael Nadal’s triumph in Paris in 2005.
R. Nadal was one of the first to congratulate C. Alcaraz: “This is the pinnacle of your wonderful season. I’m sure there will be many more of these in your career.”
Having previously played in the French Open final, C. Ruud rose to second place in the world ranking, but again missed the opportunity to become the first Norwegian to win a Grand Slam title and climb to the top of the ranking.
“Of course I’m disappointed, but I’ll try to keep winning Grand Slams,” he said. To date, three Scandinavians – all Swedes – have reached the top spot in the ATP tennis rankings – Bjorn Borg, Stefan Edberg and Mats Wilander.
Iga Swiatek of Poland won the US Open women’s final, beating Ons Jabeur from Tunisia 6:2, 7:6 (7:5).
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