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US Open winner Carlos Alcaraz reveals the heartfelt four-word message Nick Kyrgios sent him

US Open winner Carlos Alcaraz reveals the heartfelt four-word message Nick Kyrgios sent him after his historic win in New York

  • Carlos Alcaraz claimed his first Grand Slam crown by winning the US Open
  • The 19-year-old Spaniard thus became the youngest number 1 in the world in history
  • Alcaraz had to survive three marathons of five sets in three consecutive rounds
  • He defeated Norwegian Casper Rudd 6-4, 2-6, 7-6 (7-1), 6-3 in the final in New York
  • Nick Kyrgios had tipped Alcaraz to win the US Open for the tournament

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Nick Kyrgios never doubted Carlos Alcaraz could win this year’s US Open and reminded the Spaniard of his prediction, shortly after the teenager’s triumph in New York.

Alcaraz defeated Norway’s Casper Rudd 6-4, 2-6, 7-6 (7-1), 6-3 victory in the final over Flushing Meadows on Monday (AEST) to win his first Grand Slam and become the youngest number to become 1 in the world in history.

Shortly after lifting the US Open trophy, the 19-year-old revealed he found a message from the Aussie star with four simple words: “I told you so.”

US Open champion Carlos Alcaraz became the youngest world No. 1 in ATP history

US Open champion Carlos Alcaraz became the youngest world No. 1 in ATP history

A week before the start of the tournament, the Spaniard rejected Kyrgios’ prediction that he could go all the way in New York as ‘crazy’.

However, the prediction came true and the Australian wasted no time reminding Alcaraz of his prognosis.

“Honestly, I check Instagram’s DM. I saw the message from Nick Kyrgios. I didn’t read the whole message, but I read that he said, ‘I told you,” Alcaraz told reporters.

‘It’s too crazy for me. I never thought that at the age of 19 I would achieve something like this. So everything came so quickly.

Nick Kyrgios had tipped Alcaraz to win the US Open for the tournament

Nick Kyrgios had tipped Alcaraz to win the US Open for the tournament

Nick Kyrgios had tipped Alcaraz to win the US Open for the tournament

“It’s something I’ve dreamed about since I was a kid, ever since I started playing tennis. Of course it’s great for me to lift this trophy today.”

Alcaraz set several records en route to his first Grand Slam title.

The Spaniard is the first teenager to claim first place in the world rankings and the youngest player to win a Grand Slam tournament since his compatriot Rafael Nadal triumphed at the French Open 17 years ago.

Alcaraz produced a stunning blowback to defeat Jannik Sinner in five sets in the quarterfinals

Alcaraz produced a stunning blowback to defeat Jannik Sinner in five sets in the quarterfinals

Alcaraz produced a stunning blowback to defeat Jannik Sinner in five sets in the quarterfinals

And the Spaniard needed another five-set marathon to beat Frances Tiafoe in the semi-finals

And the Spaniard needed another five-set marathon to beat Frances Tiafoe in the semi-finals

And the Spaniard needed another five-set marathon to beat Frances Tiafoe in the semi-finals

Alcaraz is also the youngest player to win at Flushing Meadows since Pete Sampras claimed the first of his five US Open crowns – and the first of his 14 Grand Slam titles – in 1990 in New York.

The Spaniard also set the record for longest time spent on the pitch in a single Grand Slam event, clocking in at 23 hours and 39 minutes of action to beat Kevin Anderson’s previous record at Wimbledon in 2018 by 18 minutes .

It took Alcaraz five sets to defeat 2014 US Open champion Marin Cilic in the fourth round, and was on the track until 2:50 a.m. — the last finish in US Open history — to complete a five-hour marathon. five sets to win against Jannik Sinner in the quarter-finals.

Incredibly, the Spaniard had to fight five sets for the third time in a row when he defeated American Frances Tiafoe for a place in the final.

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