The 19-year-old Alcaraz defeated 6-4, 2-6, 7-6(1), 6-3 Norwegian Casper Ruud in a thrilling four-setter, which lasted three hours and 20 minutes, to lift his maiden US Open trophy at Arthur Ashe Stadium on Sunday, September 11.
With the win, Alcaraz has become the youngest Grand Slam champion since Nadal in 2005. Alcaraz also became the youngest-ever world number one since ATP rankings began in 1973, breaking the mark set by Lleyton Hewitt, who was 20 when he became number one in 2001.
“Felicidades Carlos Alcaraz por tu primer Grand Slam y por el número 1 que es el colofón a tu primera gran temporada que estoy seguro serán muchas más! (Congratulations Carlos Alcaraz for your first Grand Slam and for number 1, which is the culmination of your first great season, which I am sure will be many more!,” Nadal tweeted.
Felicidades @carlosalcaraz por tu primer Grand Slam y por el número 1 que es el colofón a tu primera gran temporada que estoy seguro serán muchas más!
Great effort @CasperRuud98 !very proud of you! Tough luck today but amazing tournament and season! Keep going!
— Rafa Nadal (@RafaelNadal) September 11, 2022
The 22-time Grand Slam champion Nadal also congratulated the US Open runner-up Ruud for his “amazing” run in the year-end tournament as well as the season. Ruud earlier lost to Nadal in the final of the French Open in June.
“Great effort Casper Ruud! very proud of you! Tough luck today but amazing tournament and season! Keep going!” the Spanish great said.
Ruud will, however, rise to second in the world ranking from his current rank of No.7. He was trying to become the first Norwegian to become the World No.1 but fell short in front of Alcaraz’s firepower.
The US Open men’s singles final was the first showdown in which two men were competing for both their maiden Grand Slam title and the world number one rank.
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