‘I can see the world’s No. 1 but at the same time it’s so far away’: Carlos Alcaraz, 19, insists he’ll ‘give everything’ to win the US Open and become the youngest man to EVER win the ATP surpasses rankings
- Carlos Alcaraz was able to beat American Frances Tiafoe in a five-set thriller
- The 19-year-old Spaniard is now taking on Casper Ruud in the US Open final
- If Alcaraz wins, he will become the youngest man ever in the world rankings
After winning an epic US Open semifinal against Frances Tiafoe, 19-year-old Carlos Alcaraz now has his intentions to win the final against Casper Ruud.
Not only does Alcaraz stand a chance of winning his first-ever Grand Slam, but he will also be able to etch his name into the sports record books. If he is able to defeat Ruud, Alcaraz will become the youngest man ever to become the number 1 in the world.
‘I can see the number 1 in the world, but at the same time it’s so far away. I have one more to go against a player who is playing incredible,” the Spaniard said on the pitch after his win.
Carlos Alcaraz defeated Frances Tiafoe on Friday in an all-time thriller in the US Open semifinals
Alcaraz falls to the ground irritated while enjoying the moment after his victory
“He deserves to play a final. He played in the final of a Grand Slam at Roland Garros, so you know this is my first time, so I’m going to give everything I’ve got.”
Although young, Alcaraz is not naive enough to think that the challenge of his first final will not be his own battle, apart from his more experienced opponent.
“I will have to overcome the nerves to be in the final of a Grand Slam, but of course I am very, very happy. And as I say before every game, I’m going to enjoy the moment and let’s see what happens,” he added.
Alcaraz also became only the second player from Spain to reach a US Open final, following in the footsteps of Rafa Nadal, who was defeated by Tiafoe earlier in the tournament.
On Sunday we’ll find out if he can not only take home his first Grand Slam trophy, but also reach the record-breaking milestone that his capable compatriot, nor any other player, has ever achieved – number 1 at such a young age. .
The 19-year-old is all smiles as he squats after reaching his first-ever Grand Slam final
Alcaraz and Tiafoe cuddle after their outstanding match in the US Open semifinals