When the music stopped on Arthur Ashe Stadium Sunday night time, there was just one chair for a brand new World No. 1: Carlos Alcaraz.
However being No. 2 isn’t unhealthy.
Tempering the frustration of arising brief in his second Grand Slam last of the 12 months, Norway’s Casper Ruud stated that he would additionally go away New York with lots to be happy with, not least his new career-high mark within the Pepperstone ATP Rankings.
“I believe it is deserving that after nice outcomes, each of us having good outcomes all year long, we’re 1 and a couple of within the rankings tomorrow,” the 23-year-old stated. “I am very happy with being No. 2. In a approach it is a good factor as a result of I can nonetheless chase the final spot.
“I am happy with the match and the 2 weeks. I gave it my all. I left all of it out on the courtroom. Performed some phenomenal tennis all through the 2 weeks, in all probability my greatest tennis ever on this floor.”
The Oslo native, who was competing in his second main last after dropping to Nadal at Roland Garros in June, captured his forty fourth tour-level win of the season when he downed Karen Khachanov within the semi-finals.
After a robust season, together with ATP 250 titles in Buenos Aires, Geneva and Gstaad, the Norwegian is a digital lock to make a second consecutive look on the Nitto ATP Finals in Turin (13-20 November), the place he’ll hope to get an opportunity to avenge his defeat to Alcaraz, who doubtless can be certainly one of his chief rivals for the following decade.
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“He is certainly one of these few uncommon skills that comes up every so often in sports activities… He has proven unimaginable preventing spirit and can to win. He was down a match level a pair matches in the past and was capable of flip round and find yourself profitable the match…
“He is using that wave. In the mean time he is one of the best participant on this planet in my eyes. He deserves that spot. I am glad that we performed one another within the last and that we performed for the title and the world No. 1 spot.
“His motion is certainly one of his many weapons, in fact. It makes us different gamers really feel like you have to paint the strains type of to have the ability to hit a winner. Typically even that is not sufficient.
“He is very quick. He is very fast. He is an amazing mover. He can get to balls that we have in all probability by no means seen earlier than.”
Sunday’s last was the second-youngest US Open males’s singles last (Sampras-Agassi in 1990) and the youngest Grand Slam males’s singles last in additional than 20 years (Hewitt-Nalbandian 2002 Wimbledon). And New York followers weren’t shy in displaying their appreciation for the standard of play through the entertaining last and their enjoyment of seeing the sport’s recent younger stars take centre stage.
“It was quite a lot of enjoyable, exchanges and rallies. I used to be capable of win a few these,” stated Ruud, who’s coached by his father and former professional Christian Ruud. “It was higher ambiance. I believe additionally hopefully a extra enjoyable match to observe for the gang.
“The group there in New York have been superb. They deal with all of the gamers nicely. Regardless that I misplaced, I nonetheless felt like a champion throughout these two weeks. Nonetheless do in a approach.”
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