YesPaniard Carlos Alcaraz used his inexplicably mature tennis style (at just 19 years old) to win Casper Ruud 6-4, 2-6, 7-6(1), 6-3 in US Open will end Sunday earn your first grand slam title at the age of 19 and become the youngest person to take first place.
Alcaraz this is Hispanic which appeared in its eighth major and second in Flushing Meadows, but had already attracted a lot of attention as some considered it the next big thing in men’s tennis.
They serenaded him with the chorus “Ol, Ol, Ol! Carlos! this echoed off the closed roof of the Arthur Ashe Stadium, with Alcaraz often gesturing to supportive spectators to turn up the volume.
He only briefly showed signs of fatigue from having to go through three consecutive five-set matches to reach the title game, something no one has done in New York in 30 years.
Alcaraz lost the second set and faced a pair of set points before losing 6–5 in the third. But he destroyed every one of those momentary opportunities for Ruud with his quick reflex volleys, which he demonstrated repeatedly.
And with the help of a series of accurate shots by Ruud in the ensuing tie-break, Alcaraz reached the end of this set.
One break in the fourth round was enough for Alcaraz to seal the victory in the single grand slam final between two players aiming for both the first major championship and the first place in ATPcomputerized rankings that date back 1973.
Ruud 23 year old man from Norway which is now 0-2 in clap the final. He took second place in Rafael Nadal in French Open in June.
Ruud stood far away from the wall to return the serve, but also during the scoring, much more than Alcarazwho attacked when he could.
Alcaraz went for Ruud’s weaker side, the backhand, and was thus successful, especially during the serve.
If nothing else Ruud receives a sportsmanship award for conceding a point he knew he did not deserve. It happened when he was down 4-3 in the first set; he raced forward towards the short ball, which bounced twice before Ruud’s racket touched him.
The game went on and Alcaraz hesitated, and then failed his answer. But Ruud told the referee in the chair what had happened, giving the point to Alcaraz, who gave a thumbs up and applauded along with the audience to confirm the move.
Alcaraz certainly seems like a rare talent with an enviable play on any court, a combination of power from the ground with a willingness to push forward and score points with his volley abilities. He scored 34 of 45 points when he hit the net on Sunday.
He’s a menace in service – he delivered 14 aces at speeds up to 128 mph on Sunday — and came back with 11 break points and converted three.
Make no mistake: Ruud doesn’t slouch either. There’s a reason he is the youngest person since Nadal to reach two major finals in one season and manage to win 55 points, the longest in the tournament, in Friday’s semi-finals.
But the time has come for Alcaraz to shine, his turn to demonstrate the speed and endurance, skill and composure of the champion.
As the last serve winner looked at Ruud’s frame, Alcaraz fell onto his back on the court, then rolled onto his stomach, covering his face with his hands.
He then went to the stands to hug his coach. John Charles Ferrerohimself a former No. 1 winner 2003 French Open and went to the end of the US Open that year, and others, all the while crying.
You will reach No. 1 only the first time around eleven. You only win the first grand slam heading eleven. Many people expect Alcaraz to celebrate such feats for years to come.