The Spanish tennis player beat the Norwegian Casper Ruud and got his first 'grand slam'.

The Spanish tennis player beat the Norwegian Casper Ruud and got his first 'grand slam'.

The Spaniard Carlos Alcaraz defeated the Norwegian Casper Ruud 6-4, 2-6, 7-6 and 6-3 in the final of the US Open 2022 and became the youngest tennis player in history to reach number one in the world ranking.

Carlos Alcaraz goes to the final of the US Open and will face Casper Ruud Frances Tiafoe breaks down in tears , falling to Alcaraz at the US Open, video

Being number one in the world ranking was Alcaraz's biggest dream in his childhood, even more than winning a 'Grand Slam', as he himself admitted after defeating Frances Tiafoe, the local candidate in the semifinals. US Open.

At 19 years old, and with two Masters 1,000 titles in his pocket, Alcaraz snatched the youngest number one record in history from Australian Lleyton Hewitt. In the midst of this feat, he also managed to become the youngest US Open champion since the vernacular Pete Sampras did it in 1990.

Alcaraz showed all his gallantry and power in a duel that lasted for three hours and twenty minutes. From the beginning, the Murcian brought out his aggressiveness and imposed conditions against a Casper Ruud who tried to hurt him with his footwork and more traditional style.

Ferrero and the formula for success

The Spanish tennis player beat the Norwegian Casper Ruud and won his first grand slam.

The former Spanish tennis player Juan Carlos Ferrero is the key figure in the formation and meteoric career of Alcaraz .

After a brief period training Alexander Zverev, who ended up disillusioned by his lack of discipline, in 2018 Ferrero took on the challenge of personally training Alcaraz when he was barely 15 years old.

The teenager from El Palmar, a town of 20,000 inhabitants, he had been hitting rackets since he was a child at the tennis school run by his father and in 2018 he had won European and Spanish titles in lower categories.

At that time, Alcaraz was already under the wing of Albert Molina, agent of the multinational IMG and architect of the careers of other Spanish players, such as Pablo Carreño.

Molina established the link between Alcaraz and Ferrero, who ruled out offers to train other jewels and welcomed the teenager into his academy in Villena (Valencia), 120 kilometers from El Palmar (Murcia), excited about the talent budding, humility and effort capacity of Alcaraz.

For the tennis player, Ferrero is much more than a coach. In addition to the professional bond, in which they work hand in hand on the court and in the gym, both maintain a close personal relationship and play golf together to relax.

For once, Ferrero was unable to accompany Alcaraz on his April tour of the Miami Masters 1000 due to the death of his father. The coach, however, surprised his enthusiastic pupil by showing up at his hotel a few hours before the final he played and won against Ruud, who was no obstacle to his feat at the US Open.

Turin is coming

Alcaraz achieved this season the classification for the ATP finals along with the other seven best tennis players of the year, from November 13 to 20 on a hard court in the Italian city of Turin.

The Spanish tennis player ensured his presence in the tournament when he passed the semifinals of the US Open.

He will make his debut after having participated last season in the New Generations finals of the Association of Professional Tennis Players for young promises in Milan, in which he won the title by winning all five of his matches.

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