Spanish professional tennis player Carlos Alcaraz is the youngest Grand Slam men’s champion since fellow Spaniard Rafael Nadal at the 2005 French Open. He rose to No.1 rank in men’s tennis player in the world following he defeated Casper Ruud in the US Open singles final, on Sunday.
Presently, the 19-year-old Alcaraz is on top of the tennis world. The first Grand Slam title has been won by him. He became the youngest male tennis player to root the number one ranking in the world. On Sunday, in the final of US Open Alcaraz beat Norway’s Casper Ruud 6-4, 2-6, 7-6, 6-3.
According to Associated Press, the upward movement of Alcaraz is historic, after he commenced the year ranked No. 32 in the world, the Spaniard becomes the youngest men’s player ever ranked No. 1 in the world as a teenager.
Alcaraz said post-match as per the reports of AP, “Everything came so fast. For me it’s unbelievable. It’s something I dreamed since I was a kid, since I started playing tennis.”
“Of course, I’m hungry for more,” he added.
Afterward Alcaraz said on the court “[This is] something I’ve dreamed of since I was a kid — to be number one in the world, and champion of a Grand Slam is something I’ve worked really hard for.”
The victory of the Spanish athlete on Sunday took three hours and twenty minutes, one of various he played at the US Open of this year which went the distance.
At the tournament, each of his final four matches lasted for more than three hours. His quarterfinal win over Italian Jannik Sinner lasted five hours and 15 minutes, and his semifinal victory against American Frances Tiafoe took four hours and 19 minutes.
Running since 2000, the world’s new No. 1 spent longer time on the court than any other player at the time of a single major tournament, as per ESPN.
According to ESPN, Alcaraz told reporters, “A little bit,” when asked if he was tired.
“But there’s no time to be tired in the final run of a Grand Slam — you have to give everything on court and everything you have inside. It’s something I’ve worked hard for.”
The 23-year-old Ruud moves up to the No. 2 ranked men’s player in the world after placing second in Flushing Meadows, New York suggested following the Sunday match that Alcaraz possibly show a generation describing talent in men’s tennis.
“He’s one of these few rare talents that comes up every now and then in sports. That’s what it seems like. Let’s see how his career develops, but it’s going all in the right direction,” according to AP said Ruud.
“I want to be (at) the top for many, many weeks — I hope many years,” Alcaraz said after the match, according to the AP. “I’m going to work hard again after this week, these amazing two weeks. I’m going to fight (to) have more of this.”