Carlos Alcaraz makes never-before-seen tennis history with US Open win

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Carlos Alcaraz (pictured left) celebrates the US Open with his team and (pictured right) kissing the trophy.
Carlos Alcaraz (pictured) won his maiden grand slam at the US Open and also became the youngest ever male World No.1. (Getty Images)

Teen sensation Carlos Alcaraz has won his maiden grand slam title at the US Open and also made tennis history to become the youngest ever male World No.1.

Alcaraz, 19, headed into the final knowing either his opponent, Casper Ruud, or himself would end up with their first ever grand slam win and the World No.1 title.

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However, after a rollercoaster match against the in-form Ruud, Alcaraz prevailed 6-4, 2-6, 7-6, 6-3.

The Spaniard collapsed on the floor after securing his first grand slam title of his young career and his sixth ATP title in 2022.

Alcaraz became the youngest US Open mens champ since Pete Sampras.

Fans quickly reacted to the phenomenal scenes and were quick to suggest the future of tennis is in good hands after a thrilling final.

Carlos Alcaraz makes tennis history

Spaniard Alcaraz was appearing in his eighth major tournament and second at Flushing Meadows, but already has attracted plenty of attention as someone considered the Next Big Thing in men's tennis.

Alcaraz often motioned to the supportive spectators to get louder when they chanted 'Ole, Ole, Ole' during the match.

He only briefly showed signs of fatigue from having to get through three consecutive five-setters to reach the title match, something no one had done in New York in 30 years.

Alcaraz dropped the second set and faced a pair of set points while down 6-5 in the third. But he erased each of those point-from-the-set opportunities for Ruud with soft-hand volleys he repeatedly displayed.

Casper Ruud (pictured right) holds the runner-up trophy alongside Carlos Alcaraz (pictured left) who celebrates with the championship trophy at the US Open.
Casper Ruud (pictured right) holds the runner-up trophy alongside Carlos Alcaraz (pictured left) who celebrates with the championship trophy at the US Open. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

And with help from a series of shanked shots by a tight-looking Ruud in the ensuing tiebreaker, Alcaraz surged to the end of that set.

One break in the fourth was all it took for Alcaraz to seal the victory in the only grand slam final between two players seeking both a first major championship and the top spot in the ATP's computerised rankings, which date to 1973.

Ruud, the 23-year-old from Norway, is now 0-2 in slam finals.

He was the runner-up to Rafael Nadal at the French Open in June.

with AAP

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