Carlos Alcaraz overcame Casper Ruud 6-4, 2-6, 7-6(1), 6-3 to win the 2022 US Open and bag the No. 1 ATP Ranking. In the final, the Spaniard showcased his explosive power and impressive touch around the net. Alcaraz went to win 34/45 (76%) of net points to take down the Norwegian at the Arthur Ashe Stadium.
The 19-year-old played aggressively and handled the pressure in the fourth set to register his 51st tour-level win of the season after three hours and 20 minutes. After the victory, Alcaraz had an emotional moment as he dropped to the floor as the fans received support from the New York crowd. He then climbed up to his player box to embrace his team, including coach Juan Carlos Ferrero.
During the trophy presentation ceremony, Carlos talked about how winning a Grand Slam has been his dream as he said, “It is something I have dreamt of since I was a kid. To be No. 1 in the world, to be champion of a Grand Slam, is something I have worked really, really hard [for].”
“It is tough to talk right now, I have lots of emotions. This is something I have tried to achieve. All the hard work I have done with my team and my family. I am just 19 years old, all the tough decisions have been with my parents and my team as well. It is something that is really special for me," he further continued.