Carlos Alcaraz was unwaveringly clear about his goal throughout this historic season:
He has consistently followed through on his promises, and on Sunday night he completed the wild and exciting journey to win his first grand
He defeated his Norwegian opponent by scores of 6-4, 2-6, 7-6, and 6-3 to win the US Open.
He has spent a good portion of the last five years setting age records
Alcaraz will become the youngest player in ATP history to accomplish the feat when he ascends to the top spot on Monday for the first time in his career
After a fantastic return game, he broke serve by chasing down a drop shot from Alcaraz and scooping it over his opponent's head on break point.
During the cat-and-mouse games that Alcaraz started, Ruud came up with some exquisite improvised tennis
At 6-5 in the match, he bravely created two set points before making his move. He unleashed his forehand from all over the court.
Alcaraz was having a little trouble, trying too many unsuccessful drop shots, and making dubious choices.