US Open: the advent of Carlos Alcaraz, the new king of world tennis


A first Major title and as a bonus the place of world number 1, which he is now the youngest in history to occupy at 19 years, 4 months and 6 days: Carlos Alcaraz, crowned Sunday September 11 at the US Open , is no longer the bright future of tennis, but its incandescent present.

“It’s something I dreamed of since I was a child, I worked very, very hard to achieve it, it’s hard to find the words, I feel a lot of emotions”reacted the Spaniard before lifting his cup.

A few moments earlier, his sneakers had crunched on the cement of the Arthur-Ashe court, brutally braking his race, released by the ultimate unforced error from Casper Ruud. Winner 6-4, 2-6, 7-6 (7/1), 6-3, he then collapsed on the ground on his back, arms crossed.

On top of the tennis world

Very quickly, he put his hands on his face as a teenager, in the grip of the most beautiful emotion of his young career, his smile clouded with tears. “I thought of my mom and my grandfather. To many other members of my family who were unable to come”he confided, after climbing into the stands for outpourings of tearful joy with his father, one of his three brothers and his coach Juan Carlos Ferrero.

Here is the kid from El Palmar, near Murcia, on the roof of the tennis world, at exactly 19 years, 4 months and 6 days, much faster than the Australian Lleyton Hewitt (20 years, 8 months and 26 days) at his rise to the top 21 years ago, succeeding Russian Daniil Medvedev, both on the US Open charts and on the coveted throne.

“Congratulations on your first Grand Slam title and for your number 1 place which is the culmination of your first great season, I am sure there will be many more! »tweeted his glorious elder Rafael Nadal.

Child’s dream

In recent months, Alcaraz has been repeating his childhood dream over and over again. That of settling first at the top of the world hierarchy, even before registering his name on the prize list of a Grand Slam.

It will ultimately be the opposite within a few hours. He was first titled at the expense of Ruud, who could like him do a double blow at Flushing Meadows and will be his runner-up on Monday when the ATP rankings are published.

It was at the end of an often tight tussle, sometimes illuminated with sumptuous points, concluded in 3 h 20 that “Carlitos” came to the end of “Ruuuuud” (as encouraged by his fans) Norwegian, far from unworthy for his second Grand Slam final of the season.

Powerless against Nadal

All this under the eyes of comedian Jerry Seinfeld, rocker Jon Bon Jovi and even fashion pope Anna Wintour, who had come to attend the last dance of “Queen” Serena Williams in week one and obviously couldn’t miss the advent of a new “Ray” fashionable.

Powerless in early June at Roland Garros against the ogre of ocher Rafael Nadal, Ruud stood up to Alcaraz for a long time, to the point of being able to harbor some regrets, after two set points missed at 6-5 in the third set.

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