Carlos Alcaraz defeats Casper Ruud to win the US Open final
It was perhaps his last chance to grab this trophy.
The 17-year-old Colombian was a huge force in the fourth round with a 6-4, 6-1, 6-3 win over Casper Ruud at Arthur Ashe Stadium.
“You go through stages of your career when you might not believe it but you have won one or two tournaments. I’m excited to win this important title. Today made me a better player,” Alcaraz said after his victory.
Alcaraz won the last Grand Slam title his junior in a 7-5, 6-1, 6-4 win over Roger Federer in the final at the Australian Open in January.
Ruud had been playing well before his opponent fell in the fourth game.
“I have a feeling Casper has some strength to make it to the fourth round. He is a tough opponent, but I’m very confident about my ability. I’m very lucky to have a great coach and good team around me, which will make me a better player,” said Ruud, who won the first Premier Mandatory title at Wimbledon.
‘A great opportunity’: Ruud takes on Alcaraz
He was making his first trip here since the US Open as a 16-year-old when he reached the final.
Ruud, who was ranked No. 1 at the time, beat the same 16-year-old in the fourth round in 2004 at Wimbledon, losing 6-4, 6-2.
“I’m just going to have to be in condition as well as Carlos to give me some of my shots. And also to see if I can do a good job on his forehand. That’s very difficult. I don’t have too many chances like this, so it’s a great opportunity to win the final,” Ruud said.
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