Steely Ruud steals the show
Should Alcaraz lift the trophy on Sunday, he will become the youngest world No.1 in ATP history, displacing a 20-year-old Lleyton Hewitt from 20 years ago.
However, Alcaraz is far from complacent, knowing “I will have to show my best,” in the Flushing Meadows finale facing Casper Ruud.
The Oslo-born baseliner roared into his second major final of 2022 with a 7-6(5), 6-2, 5-7, 6-2 scoreline with 27th seed Karen Khachanov.
It’s crystal clear that the 23-year-old is stubborn, knowing exactly what prestigious prizes are within his reach. So much so that the world No.7 clinched the first set off the back of a lung-bursting 55 shot rally. Talk about resilience.
“That's fun with tennis because some of the best rallies of all time, longer rallies of all times, often come in important points because we both realise how important it is. You don't want to do a mistake,” mused Ruud.
“Towards the end the pulse was getting very high and the legs were almost shaking at a point. I was able to at one point there where I just ripped the backhand down the line and went for it sort of. Could stretch my arms in the air and win the first set.