New and historic final this Sunday in New York from 10 pm in France.
For the first time in the Grand Slam
Carlos Alcaraz, 19, and Casper Ruud, 23, will play in their first Grand Slam final tonight (from 10 pm). The solid Ruud, scorer of Karen a Kachanov’s four sets (7-6, 6-2, 5-7, 6-2), is a metronome who must defend well against the puncher Alcaraz. “If he gets going, he can do anything with the ball. He can trigger a winning move. He also has a very good touch on the ball..” The Spaniard has a psychological advantage over his opponent because he defeated him in their first two encounters, the last time in early April in the final in Miami cement (7-5, 6-4). On the steamroller.
For the first place in the world
This is not the first time that the desire for a first Grand Slam title is combined with the ascension to the ATP throne, but the new one is that this scenario concerns the two finalists. Alcaraz may at 19 years and 4 months be the youngest number one in history. The Iberian is used to breaking precocity records. In March in Miami, he became the youngest winner in the history of a Masters 1000. He is the second youngest finalist in the tournament after Pete Sampras, crowned in 1990 at 19 years and 1 month. He is also the youngest player to reach a Grand Slam final since Rafael Nadal at Roland-Garros in 2005 (19 years and 2 days). Ruud, if he becomes world number one, will make a remarkable jump from 7 in the ranking last Monday.e in first place and have the distinction of climbing the world throne without ever winning the Masters 1000 or ATP 500! That never happened before for a world number one.
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A final for the place of world number one. That’s it! “Of course there is nervousness and we both can feel itCasper Ruud predicted. ” If he has played a final at Roland-Garros (Ruud), this is my first. I will leave everything on the court but I have to control my nervesAlcaraz gasped. During the quarters and semi-finals, the spectators at the Arthur Ashe center feasted in front of the Alcaraz-Sinner and Alcaraz-Tiafoe marathon duels in particular. The show may still be on. Provided, of course, that the (huge) stake does not kill the game.
For the “unknown” Ruud
After the year 2021 in 8th place in the world and won five tournaments, the Norwegian also began to shine in major events, he who had not passed the round of 16 in a Major before the season of 2022. A clay-court specialist, in which he won eight of his nine titles, including three in 2022 in Buenos Aires, Geneva and Gstaad, Ruud was a finalist at Roland-Garros, swept in the final of Ogre Rafael Nadal (6-3, 6-3, 6-0). Despite this dry loss, Ruud made a name for himself. “It gave me confidence in my ability to go far in the Grand Slams. I believe especially that, compared to last year, I managed the games in three sets winning better.” And in New York, he showed that he also knows how to be tough. Berrettini and Khachanov, his victims in the 8th and quarters can testify to this.
For the tireless warrior Alcaraz
Two days after spending 5h15 in Arthur-Ashe to defeat the Italian Jannik Sinner after an anthology duel, the Spaniard took 4h19 to overcome the American Frances Tiafoe. The native of Murcia also needed five sets to dominate Croatian Marin Cilic in the 8th. In total, the protégé of Juan Carlos Ferrero spent 15 sets and 1:28 pm on the courts in his last three matches, compared to 8:56 for Ruud. But these overtime hours seem surprisingly unnerving: “I prepare myself mentally and physically to fight for big things like this“. Ruud was warned.
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