El español Alcaraz gana el US Open y es el número uno más joven del tenis masculino / Alcaraz wins US Open and becomes youngest world number one

Tras un breve y emocionante recuerdo a las víctimas de los atentados de 2001, el español fue recibido con una enorme ovación por los 23.800 aficionados neoyorquinos

El español Carlos Alcaraz derrotó este domingo al noruego Casper Ruud en la final del Abierto de Estados Unidos y, de un solo golpe, alzó el primer título de Grand Slam de su meteórica carrera y se erigió en el número uno más joven del tenis masculino.

Alcaraz, 19 años y cuatro meses de edad, se impuso a Ruud en Nueva York por 6-4, 2-6, 7-6 (7/1) y 6-3 en una final sin precedentes, en la que ambos jugadores podían conquistar a la vez su primer trofeo grande y el liderato de la ATP.

El español, que resistió a dos pelotas de Ruud para hacerse con el tercer set, es también el campeón de Grand Slam más precoz desde su compatriota e ídolo Rafael Nadal (Roland Garros, 2005), el gigante al que aspira a suceder.

Ganado el último punto, Alcaraz se desplomó en la pista entre lágrimas y fue corriendo a abrazarse a la grada con su padre, Carlos, y su entrenador, el ex número uno mundial Juan Carlos Ferrero.

Alcaraz cumplió su doble sueño en una extenuante final en la que se sobrepuso al alto nivel de Ruud, subcampeón del pasado Roland Garros, y la fatiga de dos semanas en las que compitió más tiempo en pista que nadie en un Grand Slam.

El prodigio del pequeño pueblo de El Palmar (Murcia), con sonrisa de niño y marcas de acné en el rostro, resistió la presión en los momentos más difíciles y se coronó en un lluvioso 11 de septiembre de Nueva York, en la mayor pista de tenis del mundo.

Tras un breve y emocionante recuerdo a las víctimas de los atentados de 2001, Alcaraz fue recibido con una enorme ovación por los 23.800 aficionados neoyorquinos, que han disfrutado de su ascenso durante un torneo plagado de emocionantes victorias y jugadas de museo.
Por Europa Press

Alcaraz wins US Open and becomes youngest world number one

Alcaraz is the youngest Grand Slam men’s champion since fellow Spaniard Rafael Nadal at the 2005 French Open.

Spain’s Carlos Alcaraz has won his first Grand Slam title and become the youngest male tennis player to secure the the world number one ranking.

The 19-year-old beat Norway’s Casper Ruud 6-4, 2-6, 7-6, 6-3 in the final of the US Open on Sunday.

Alcaraz is the youngest Grand Slam men’s champion since Rafael Nadal at the 2005 French Open, and the youngest US Open champion since Pete Sampras in 1990.

“This is something that I dreamed of since I was a kid – to be number one in the world, to be a champion of a Grand Slam,” said Alcaraz, who fell to his back and cupped his hands to his face before jumping up to embrace Ruud at the net after winning the match.

He then climbed past photographers and into the stands to celebrate in his box with his team.

“This is something that I worked really really hard for. It’s tough to talk right now, a lot of emotions.”

Alcaraz, who thrilled fans during the two-week tournament in New York with his acrobatic play, replaced Russian Daniil Medvedev at the top of the rankings.

He is the youngest world number one since the ATP rankings began in 1973, breaking the mark set by Lleyton Hewitt, who was 20 when he became number one in 2001.

Alcaraz had a difficult path to the title and also claimed the record for most time spent on the court at a single Grand Slam event.

Most of the 23 hours and 40 minutes were taken up by the more than 13 hours it took him to play three successive five-setters to reach the final.

“I always say that there is no time to be tired in the final round of a Grand Slam or any tournament,” said Alcaraz. “You have to give everything you have inside.”

Fellow Spaniard Nadal congratulated the player widely seen as his heir apparent.

“Congratulations @carlosalcaraz for your first Grand Slam and for number 1, which is the culmination of your great season, which I am sure will be many more,” he tweeted.

Ruud was trying to become the first Norwegian to capture the top spot but was unable to match Alcaraz’s power.

A finalist at the French Open where he was beaten by Nadal, Ruud is now second in the world from number seven.

“Today was a special evening for both Carlos and I. We knew what was at stake,” Rudd said.

“Number two is not too bad either. I will continue to chase for my first Grand Slam and the number one world ranking.”

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