Alcaraz defeats Ruud in US Open final for 1st Grand Slam title, number 1 position | TBEN Sports

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Carlos Alcaraz used his combination of moxie and maturity to defeat Casper Ruud 6-4, 2-6, 7-6(1), 6-3 in the US Open final on Sunday to take his first Grand Slam title at 19. age and the youngest man to be number 1.

Alcaraz is a Spaniard who performed in his eighth major tournament and second in Flushing Meadows, but has already attracted a lot of attention when someone considered the Next Big Thing in men’s tennis.

He was serenaded by choruses of “Ole, Ole, Ole! Carlos!” that echoed from the closed roof at Arthur Ashe Stadium – and Alcaraz often gestured to the supporting spectators to get louder.

He showed only brief signs of fatigue as he had 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 few set points while trailing 6-5 in the third. But he knew every one of those opportunities for Ruud right from the start with the kind of quick-reflecting, soft hand volleys he showed repeatedly.

And with the help of a series of shots from a tight-looking Ruud in the ensuing tiebreak, Alcaraz shot to the end of that set.

One break in the fourth was all it took for Alcaraz to take the win in the only Grand Slam final between two players who sought both a first major championship and first place in the ATP’s automated rankings, which date back to 1973. .

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Ruud is a 23-year-old from Norway who is now 0-2 in Slam finals. He was the runner-up to Rafael Nadal at the French Open in June.

Krejcikova, Siniakova complete Grand Slam career

The only thing that could stop Barbora Krejcikova and Katerina Siniakova in Grand Slam tournaments this year was COVID-19.

The Czechs won their third major in 2022 and completed a Grand Slam career on Sunday, showing up late to defeat Caty McNally and Taylor Townsend 3-6, 7-5, 6-1 in the women’s doubles final. US Open.

Krejcikova and Siniakova started the year by winning the Australian Open for the first time, but were unable to defend their 2021 French Open title after Krejcikova tested positive for COVID-19 and withdrew after losing her opening singles match.

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They then won Wimbledon for the second time and now own six major titles.

The Americans first played together in a major after Townsend returned this year after the birth of her son in March 2021. They couldn’t match the experience of the Czechs, who started playing together as juniors.

Placed third in Flushing Meadows, it didn’t look like they would win after McNally and Townsend built a 4-1 lead in the second set. The Americans came back 5-4, but the Czechs won 12 of the last 15 points to take the set, then rolled to a 4-0 lead in the third.

It was the second consecutive loss in the US Open final for McNally, who teamed up with Coco Gauff last year.

Siniakova will replace Gauff – who with partner Jessica Pegula lost in the first round to Flushing Meadows as the No. 2 seeds – to top the WTA doubles rankings. Krejcikova climbs to number 2 and McNally jumps from number 22 back to the top 10.

De Groot catches another wheelchair Grand Slam

Diede de Groot captured her second wheelchair calendar year Grand Slam in a row, while Alfie Hewett stopped Shingo Kunieda from doing the same by winning the men’s title at the US Open.

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De Groot, the number 1 seed from the Netherlands, gathered to defeat number 2 Yui Kamiji 3-6, 6-1, 6-1.

She won the Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon and US Open for the second year in a row. She won a golden slam in 2021, adding the Paralympic gold medal to her victories in the majors.

Kunieda had won its first three Grand Slam titles this year, but second-seeded Hewett defeated Japan’s No. 1 7-6 (2), 6-1.

Tournament raises $2 million for Ukraine

The 2022 US Open has raised US$2 million in crisis aid for Ukraine.

The US Tennis Association said the fundraising began with the “Tennis Plays for Peace” exhibit the week before the tournament, featuring players such as women’s champions Iga Swiatek and Rafael Nadal, and continued with donations from business partners, fans and private donors.

The funds were donated to GlobalGiving’s Ukraine Crisis Relief Fund, which supports humanitarian aid in affected communities in Ukraine and the surrounding regions where Ukrainian refugees have fled.

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