US Open 2022 men's final: Carlos Alcaraz, 19, tops Casper Ruud to win his first Grand Slam – CBS Sports

  • September 12, 2022

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Carlos Alcaraz, at just 19, completed an improbable journey on Sunday in Flushing Meadows as he defeated No. 5 Casper Ruud to win the 2022 US Open. Alcaraz came away with a 6-4, 2-6, 7-6, 6-2 win over Ruud to win his first career Grand Slam title.
In doing so, Alcaraz became the second-youngest player to win a men’s US Open title at 19 years, 129 days old, only trailing Pete Sampras. In addition, Alcaraz is the seventh youngest male or female to ever win a Grand Slam tournament. With the Grand Slam victory, Alcaraz becomes the No. 1 ranked player in the world. Additionally, the 19-year-old budding star is also the youngest player to ever be ranked as the world’s No. 1 player.
Alcaraz’s previous best finish came earlier this year when he reached the 2022 French Open quarterfinals, where he lost to Alexander Zverev. Ruud reached a Grand Slam final for the second time this year, as he also made it to the 2022 French Open final.
Ruud, who also had never won a Grand Slam title entering Sunday, split the opening two sets with Alcaraz. It appeared that Ruud was going to take a two sets to one lead in the third set. But after Ruud took a 6-5 lead, Alcaraz really turned it on. He came back to win the ensuing game and tie it up at 6-6. 
The Spanish star won seven of the eight points in the eventual tiebreaker, in addition to winning 10 of the previous 12 points overall.
After splitting the first four games of the fourth set, Alcaraz caught fire as he won four of the final five games to win the match. When it was all said and done, Alcaraz ended up winning eight of the final 11 games en route to his first Grand Slam title.
Prior to Alcaraz’s victory, Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer or Rafael Nadal had won 20 of the last 22 Grand Slam titles.
As has been the case throughout the match, it’s been a back-and-forth affair in the fourth set. Carlos Alcaraz wins the fifth game to take a 3-2 lead. It’s not surprising that Casper Ruud and Alcaraz have alternated wins in this set.
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In a breakout year, @carlosalcaraz has showcased his power and relentless energy for all to see. He embodies the drive and determination to win and is part of the next generation of champions ready to perpetuate the history of excellence in tennis. #RolexFamily #USOpen #Perpetual
This is just the beginning. Welcome to the top, Carlitos. 🔥@PepperstoneFX | #ATPRankings | #partner
The champs.
There’s a new kid on top.
Carlos Alcaraz follows in the footsteps of Carlos Moya, Juan Carlos Ferrero and Rafael Nadal to become the fourth Spanish World No. 1 in Pepperstone ATP Rankings history (since 1973) 🇪🇸 @PepperstoneFX | #ATPRankings | #partner
You achieved your dream 🙌
There’s a new kid on top.
Only getting started 💪 @CasperRuud98
Did you check out the @pepperstonefx #ATPRankings this morning? 👏 #Pepperstone
Good morning to Carlos Alcaraz and Carlos Alcaraz only! 🙌@carlosalcaraz | #pepperstone
19-years-old. World No. 1 in the Pepperstone ATP Rankings. The one and only Carlos Alcaraz 💪 @PepperstoneFX | #ATPRankings
A special message from the champion! 🏆@usopen | #USOpen | @carlosalcaraz
What a tournament. We’re going to sleep with a BIG smile on our faces.

Thank you, tennis.@usopen | #USOpen
Someone pinch him! @carlosalcaraz

This. Is. Real. @usopen | #USOpen2022
We just getting started 🚀#Igarlitos
It’s not a dream, @carlosalcaraz, it’s real. 🏆
He left it all out there.@CasperRuud98 reflect on the best hard court result of his career.
These two weeks have been incredible and have included some very tough matches 🥵 Thank you NYC for the support, the energy on court is impossible to explain! 🗽🥹 And thank you everyone on the other side of the world, staying up late or getting up early to support me! 🙌🏻
The #USOpen logo as drawn by our two champions 🎨😅
Congratulations @carlosalcaraz and to you @CasperRuud98 as well! What a ride! 🤗
I’m lost for words at right now! 🏆 I just want to keep dreaming!

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I’m lost for words at right now! 🏆 I just want to keep dreaming!

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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!
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It’s been an hour since the match finished.
It was in the cubes. 🏆🏆

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