A new king will be crowned on Sunday at the US Open as the two finalists battle not only for the Flushing Meadows trophy, but also for first place on the ATP rankings. Carlos Alcaraz vs Casper Ruud is sure to be a fun affair at Arthur Ashe Stadium.
The new generation is finally paying off as they prove they are ready to take the place of the Big Three of Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer as three of the four players in the semi-finals were under 25.
Was Alcaraz, 19, who greeted 24-year-old Frances Tiafoe to reach his first Grand Slam final. At the beginning of the day Ruud, 23, beat “veteran” Karen Khachanov to book a second important final appointment.
Although Ruud arrives at the final on Sunday with a little more experience in the Grand Slam finals, Alcaraz can hardly be called an inexperienced player as he has beaten all opponents on the big stages this year, including the Norwegian.
But in addition to the US Open trophy and number 1 on the world rankings, Alcaraz will bid to become the seventh youngest player to win a Grand Slam, while Ruud is the first Norwegian to win a major.
World ranking: 4
Career ranking: 4
Career Singles Titles: 5
Grand Slam Singles Titles: 0
Lifetime Achievement Award: $ 6,519,045
World ranking: 7
Career ranking: 5
Career Singles Titles: 9
Grand Slam Singles Titles: 0
Lifetime Achievement Award: $ 8,126,900
Carlos Alcaraz’s path to the US Open final
Alcaraz had a two-week dip in Flushing Meadows as he played three consecutive five sets. He started the tournament with three comfortable wins over Sebastian Baez, Federico Coria and Jenson Brooksby.
But things got worse after he took three hours and 53 minutes to defeat former champion Marin Cilic in the fourth round, winning 6-4, 3-6, 6-4, 4-6, 6-4 on Tuesday.
Two days later he took over five hours to beat Jannik Sinner 6-3, 6-7 (7-9), 6-7 (0-7), 7-5, 6-3 and on Friday he took another four hours and 19 minutes to secure a 6-7 (6-8), 6-3, 6-1, 6-7 (5-7), 6-3 victory over Frances Tiafoe.
Casper Ruud’s path to the US Open final
Ruud, by contrast, only had a five-game battle beating Tommy Paul 7-6 (7-3), 6-7 (5-7), 7-6 (7-2), 5-7, 6- 0 in four hours in the third shift.
But that’s not to say he didn’t have to make it to the final because after beating Kyle Edmund in two sets in his first set, he needed four sets to beat Tim van Rijthoven, five sets to beat Paul and four more sets to beat Tim van Rijthoven. . get the better of Corentin Moutet.
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He was ruthless against thirteenth seeded Matteo Berrettini in the quarterfinals by winning in three before three hours of brawl against Karen Khachanov in the semifinals.
Alcaraz has always been there or so when he reached the quarter-finals in Cincinnati, lost early to Canada, finished second in the Croatia Open and the German Open.
He was beaten in the round of 16 by Jannik Sinner at Wimbledon and lost in the quarter-finals of the French Open. Obviously first he won titles in Madrid, Barcelona, Miami and Rio.
Although he began his campaign at the US Open in the wake of an early defeat at the Cincinnati Masters, Ruud was a model of consistency during the 2022 season. Before that he reached the Canadian Open semi-final, won the Swiss Open, lost initially in Sweden, at Wimbledon and at the Queen’s Club.
He lived a dream season on clay by finishing second behind Rafael Nadal at Roland Garros, won the Geneva Open and was semifinalist at the Italian Open.
Carlos Alcaraz vs Casper Ruud vs head to head
They met twice and Alcaraz won both fights with their first 6-2, 6-4 win on clay in Marbella, Spain in 2021.
He also did the hard court business in early 2022, beating the Norwegian 7-5, 6-4 in the Miami Open final to secure his first ATP Masters 1000 title.
What they say
“I have another one to play against a player who plays amazingly. He deserves to play in the final. He played in the Grand Slam final at Roland Garros and this is my first time. It is my first time in a Grand Slam final. I can see the number one in the world, but at the same time he is so far away. I will give everything I have. I will have to manage the nerves of being in the Grand Slam final but obviously I’m really happy ”. – Carlos Alcaraz
“After Roland Garros, I was extremely happy but at the same time humble enough to think this might be my only Grand Slam final of my career. They are not easy. So here I am a couple of months later – it seems beyond words to describe. Of course there will be nerves and we will both feel it. I hope it will be a good match. He beat me a couple of times and I will seek my revenge ”. – Casper Ruud
Carlos Alcaraz started the tournament as one of the favorites because he only has things for him to do and will no doubt also be the favorite when the chair referee calls “let’s play” on Sunday.
However, he has clocked up more than 20 hours on the pitch so far, so he will need all the exuberance of youth to get him through one final match at Flushing Meadows.
Although Ruud seeded fifth and reached the final at Roland Garros earlier this year, many have called him a clay specialist as eight of his nine ATP Tour singles titles have arrived. On the red earth. But he has a hardcourt title as he won the San Diego Open in 2021 while finishing second at the Alcaraz in Miami earlier this year.
If you were to stake money on it, you would support Alcaraz as he seems to be able to get out of any tight spot since he has that ability to wear out his opponent.
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