Carlos Alcaraz won the US Open against Rudd and becomes the youngest number one in men's tennis

Carlos Alcaraz won the US Open against Rudd and becomes the youngest number one in men's tennis

The Spanish tennis player was proclaimed champion of the United States Open this Sunday and became number one in the world

Carlos Alcaraz won the US Open against Rudd and becomes the youngest number one in men's tennis

Carlos Alcaraz defeated Casper Ruud in the US Open final on Sunday. (Photo: AFP)/

Carlos Alcaraz defeated Casper Ruud 6-4, 2-6, 7-6 (1), 6-3 in the US Open final on Sunday to win his first Grand Slam title and become the youngest man rising to the top of the ranking.

The Spanish tennis player lifted his first Grand Slam title of his meteoric career and became the youngest number one in men's tennis.

The Spaniard, who withstood two balls from Ruud to win the third set, is also the earliest Grand Slam champion since his compatriot and idol Rafael Nadal (Roland Garros, 2005), the giant he aspires to succeed.

Won the last point, Alcaraz collapsed on the track in tears and ran to hug the stands with his father, Carlos, and his coach, former world number one Juan Carlos Ferrero.

Alcaraz fulfilled his double dream in a strenuous final in which he overcame the high level of Ruud, runner-up at the last Roland Garros, and the fatigue of two weeks in which he competed more time on track than anyone in a Grand Slam.

The prodigy from the small town of El Palmar (Murcia), with a smile of child and acne marks on his face, resisted the pressure in the most difficult moments and was crowned on a rainy September 11 in New York, in the largest tennis court in the world.

After a brief and moving tribute to the victims of the 2001 attacks, Alcaraz was received with a huge ovation by the 23,800 New York fans, who have enjoyed his promotion during a tournament plagued of exciting wins and museum plays.