The 2022 US Open Tennis Men’s final

A match for the history books

by Vanessa Caraballo, Staff Writer

The men’s US Open final crowned the youngest man to be ranked No. 1 in tennis: Carlos Alcaraz.

The 19-year-old Spanish sensation captured his first Grand Slam title over a four-set win against Norwegian player, Casper Ruud. Alcaraz became the talk of the town after practically earning his trophy in the run-up, battling in three consecutive five-set sets to reach the title, something that hasn’t been achieved in 30 years by any other player. The match lasted five hours and fifteen minutes, making it the second-longest US Open match ever. It surpassed the previous record finish at 2:26 a.m., in 2014.

Alcatraz’s talent and determination has not gone unseen. Spending more time on the court than any other player at any Grand Slam tournament, by the end, the young player spent 23 hours and 40 minutes on the court. “Since the moment that I started with him, I saw some things that were different than the other guys at his age,” said his former world No 1 and 2003 French Open champion coach, Juan Carlos Ferrero. After his outstanding performance, the second finalist, Casper Ruud, described Alcaraz as “one of these few rare talents that come up now and then in sports.”

Alcaraz has changed the future of tennis. His performances are filled with enthusiasm and energy, not to mention skill and stamina. With his hard work, Alcaraz proves that dreams do come true, “Well, this is something that I dreamed of since I was a kid,” said Alcaraz. This can only be the first of many Grand Slam titles throughout his career