Carlos Alcaraz or Casper Rudd: Someone will claim their first Grand Slam win at the US Open tomorrow. Alcars, just 19, settled in after a thrilling match with hometown player Francis Tiafoe, while Rudd set aside Russian Karen Chatsganov. Whoever wins becomes the new number 1 in the world.
It was a heavy burden to bear: becoming the first American in a US Open final in 16 years, the first black American since Arthur Ashe. But the incandescent Francis Tiafoe felt like a fish in the water in the occasional circular atmosphere of the stadium named after Ashe.
So it wasn’t easy for Carlos Alcaraz to keep his cool in those circumstances. He is only 19 years old, but he is already number 3 in the world. Maybe even the new number 1?
Tiafoe was encouraged by former first lady Michelle Obama. I worked in the first group. After an exciting tiebreak, that group went to Tiafoe.
Gradually, the karaz became more and more fed up with Tiafu’s transmission. In the fourth set, he got his first match point, but the American got in through the eye of the needle and managed to sew a one-hour extension for the match.
Alcaraz can now play a Grand Slam final for the first time at the start of his career on Sunday. The question is how much is left in the tank after 3, 5 settlers in a row?
Some highlights of Alcaraz-Tiafoe
It might be a tough question: Who played two Grand Slam finals in 2022 alongside Rafael Nadal? Not Novak Djokovic or Daniil Medvedev, but the Norwegian Casper Ruud.
Rudd won the first set against Karan Khachanov after a run of no fewer than 55 strokes, the longest at the US Open.
A big blow right away for Khachanov, who continued to fight and still had a flare-up in the fourth set.
But Rudd will play his second Grand Slam final after Roland Garros. If he wins, Medvedev will lose as the number 1 in the world. If he loses, Alcaraz will become the youngest No. 1 since the creation of the ATP rating in 1973.
Some highlights of Ruud-Chachanov
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