huhhello and welcome to what is guaranteed to be a historic night in New York.
Not only will Spanish sensation Carlos Alcaraz and Casper Ruud compete for the US Open title, but the winner knows they will also become world No. 1 for the first time. Alcaraz, 19, could become the youngest man to win a grand slam since compatriot Rafael Nadal did at the same age at the 2005 French Open in 2005, while Ruud would become Norway’s first No. 1 player.
The last two winners of the men’s title were the first winners with Dominic Thiem in 2020 and Daniil Medvedev last year.
“It’s great to be able to fight for big things. The first time in a Grand Slam final. I can see the number one in the world and at the same time it’s so far away,” said Alcaraz. “I have one more to go against a player who plays unbelievably. He deserves to play in the final. He played the final of a Grand Slam at Roland Garros and this is my first time. I’m going to give everything I have. ” “
That it ends with so much at stake is fitting, and Ruud describes it as the “ideal situation”.
“Of course there will be nerves and we will both feel it,” said the 23-year-old. “I hope it will be a good game. He’s already beat me a few times and I’m looking for revenge.”
This is Ruud’s second grand slam final of the year after losing to Rafael Nadal at the French Open and he hopes the experience can help against Alcaraz.
“(Nadal) clearly gave me a beating,” said Ruud. “After the final I said, ‘If I ever reach one again, I hope it’s not Rafa on the other side of the field at Roland Garros’ because it’s kind of an impossible task I think for any player. I’m glad it’s not Rafa on clay.
“I hope it prepared me a bit. At least I know a little bit what I’m in for when I step on the pitch, see the trophy on the back of the pitch, see tons of celebrities. I hope I can get more done there on Sunday be first.”