Carlos Alcaraz wins the US Open and reaches number 1 in the world ranking

Alcaraz makes history in New York. With only 19 yearsthe Spanish tennis player has won the US Open, the first major tournament of his career and; after defeating norwegian Casper Ruud in the final, Carlos has become the youngest number 1 in tennis.

After a close contest of three hours and 20 minutes, marked by the tension and sportsmanship of both tennis players, Alcaraz triumphed 6-4, 2-6, 7-6(1) and 6-3 before Ruud, becoming the champion youngest in the tournament after the victory of Pete Sampras in 1990.

This tournament has positioned Alcaraz and Ruud at the head of the world tennis ranking, followed by legends such as Rafael Nadal at number 3, Daniel Medvedev as number 4 and Novak Djokovic at number 7.

A dream come true

After his victory, Carlos Alcaraz told the press this Sunday that it is something he has dreamed of since he was a “child” and that he has achieved it thanks to “hard work.”

It’s something I’ve dreamed of since I was a child, to be number one, to be a Grand Slam champion. It’s something I’ve worked a lot for. It’s hard to talk now, a lot of emotions, but it’s something I tried to achieve with hard work, with my family,” he said.

He acknowledged that, as soon as he won, his first thoughts were for his mother and grandfather.

“I thought of my mother, because she is not here, and my grandfather. Many members of my family are here, but others could not come to see the final and I was thinking of all of them,” he said.

He concluded his speech with a message in Spanish to the fans present, who encouraged him at all times.

“Many people have come from Spain to see me, to encourage me on this very special day, many people from all over the world. The love I have received from the first day has been incredible, it has probably been the atmosphere that I have experienced the most on a track of tennis, it has been incredible”,

Ruud’s reaction

During the game, the Norwegian Casper Ruud stood out for his great sport spirit, when he recognized that a ball had had a double bounce and gave the point to his rival. And in the second sleeve he reacted forcefully.

At the end of the US Open final, Ruud confessed in a press conference that sometimes it is “hard to believe” that Alcaraz is “19 years old.”

It is impressive what he has achieved as a 19-year-old player. Sometimes it’s hard to believe that he’s only 19. He’s one of those talents who are rarely born in sports,” Ruud told reporters.

He also confessed to being hurt for not having obtained the number 1 position in the world ranking: “Both Carlos and I knew what we were playing for and it is nice that the finalists will be number one and two in the world. I am disappointed for not being number one, but number two is not so bad.

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