Men’s tennis will have a new Grand Slam victor on Sunday night as Casper Ruud and Carlos Alcaraz compete in the US Open Final for the first major title of their respective careers (9pm start time, BST).
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Earlier this year Casper Ruud became the first Norwegian man in history to reach a Grand Slam final when he made the final two at the French Open; he’ll now be looking to banish the ghosts of Roland-Garros — where he lost to Rafael Nadal — and become the first Norwegian man in history to win a Grand Slam final.
The 23-year-old, who is the son of former professional tennis player Christian, had never previously made it past the Fourth Round in 13 attempts at a Grand Slam event before Paris in June, but since then he has been one of the major players on the court, shooting up to seventh seed in the men’s rankings.
The Scandinavian has taken down some big names to reach the New York showpiece, including ‘lucky loser’ Corentin Moutet, 2019 semi-finalist Matteo Berrettini and Karen Khachanov in the previous round. Whomever triumphs in this contest will claim the coveted No. 1 seed in men’s tennis, to go with the spoils.
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Carlos Alcaraz, likewise, has reached the first final of a major event in his still fledgling career. The 19-year-old made the quarter-finals of the US Open in 2021, so has previous good form in Flushing Meadows, and he will certainly be high on confidence having knocked homegrown star Frances Tiafoe out of the previous round.
The two went racket to racket in a fiercely competitive contest in Queens. Tiafoe won the first set 7-6 but Alcaraz rallied to ultimately win in five sets and tee up this tie against Ruud, eliminating the American big-server in front of a hopeful home audience.
The precocious bambino won’t surpass Michael Chang’s record of 17 years and 110 days to become the youngest-ever Grand Slam winner, but at 19 Alcaraz would easily move into the top 10 and next to compatriot Rafael Nadal, who was also 19 when he won his first French Open.