US Open: Carlos Alcaraz Wins First Grand Slam, Become New World No 1
Alcaraz, who won his first career Grand Slam title, is now set to become the youngest No. 1 player in the history of the ATP rankings at 19 years and four months.
Carlos Alcaraz won his first ever Grand Slam title at the US Open on Sunday night, September 11, 2022, also becoming the youngest man to be ranked world No 1.
The Spanish teenager beat Casper Ruud 6-4 2-6 7-6 (7-1) 6-3.
Both Alcaraz and Ruud went into the match hoping to lift a first Grand Slam title and top the rankings.
But it was the 19-year-old who came out on top on Arthur Ashe Stadium.
Alcaraz is more than a year younger than Lleyton Hewitt was when he topped the standings in 2001.
Alcaraz stated: “This is something I dreamed of since I was a young kid. To be number one in the world, to be the champion of a Grand Slam.
“All the hard work I did with my team, my family. I’m just 19 years old so a lot of the decisions are with my team and my parents. It’s very special for me."
Alcaraz admitted he was “a little bit” tired, but said: “I always said it’s not time to be tired in the final round of a Grand Slam. You have to give everything on the court, everything you have inside.”