US Open final LIVE: Carlos Alcaraz beats Casper Ruud to win maiden grand slam and become world No 1

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Spanish teenager Carlos Alcaraz beat Norway’s Casper Ruud 6-4 2-6 7-6(1) 6-3 in the US Open final to win his maiden grand slam title and rise to world number one for the first time.

Alcaraz, 19, fell to his back and cupped his hands to his face, rolling over before jumping up to offer a hug at the net to Ruud.

The electrifying Alcaraz, who thrilled fans over the two-week tournament in New York with his acrobatic shot-making, youthful vigour and late-night finishes, replaced Russian Daniil Medvedev at the top of the rankings.

Alcaraz is the youngest-ever world number one since ATP rankings began in 1973.

Relive a captivating men’s singles final:

US Open men’s final: Carlos Alcaraz vs Casper Ruud

  • Carlos Alcaraz wins US Open by beating Casper Ruud 6-4, 2-6, 7-6 (7-1), 6-3

  • Alcaraz takes maiden grand slam title and becomes world No 1

  • Alcaraz wins a marathon 73-minute fourth set 7-1 in the tiebreak (Alcaraz 6-4, 2-6, 7-6 Ruud)

  • Ruud battles to win the second set 6-2 (Alcaraz 6-4, 2-6 Ruud)

  • Alcaraz wins the first set with a single break of serve (Alcaraz 6-4 Ruud)

Carlos Alcaraz wins the US Open

00:42 , Luke Baker

A brilliant performance by Carlos Alcaraz. A fully-deserved victory and he first grand slam of many. He only turned 19 years old in May and it has really felt like the coming of the next generation this fortnight at Flushing Meadows.

A word for Casper Ruud, who was brilliant and will be the new world No 2, but this is Alcaraz’s moment. Just brilliant.

Carlos Alcaraz 6-4, 2-6, 7-6 (7-1), 6-3 Casper Ruud - ALCARAZ WINS THE US OPEN

00:36 , Luke Baker

Ok, here we go. This could be Alcaraz’s moment of destiny.

Perfect start with a 126mph ace - his 13th of the match. 15-0. Stunning forehand out wide, comes to the net and puts away the volley - he’s looked brilliant at the net in this match. 30-0 and he’s two points away.

Oh no! He’s missed a simple overhead smash. Finds the middle of the net and Ruud has the smallest glimmer of hope at 30-15.

What a response! Ace down the ‘T’ - 40-15 and TWO CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS... Tries to win it all with a forehand but drifts long. First one SAVED!

Second Championship point... Huge serve, can’t be returned and he drops to the floor.

CARLOS ALCARAZ WINS THE US OPEN AND IS THE NEW WORLD NO 1

*Carlos Alcaraz 6-4, 2-6, 7-6 (7-1), 5-3 Casper Ruud

00:34 , Luke Baker

Ruud at least forces Alcaraz to serve it out. A straightforward love hold. Can the Spaniard now hold his nerve to become a rare teenage grand slam winner?

*denotes next to serve

Carlos Alcaraz 6-4, 2-6, 7-6 (7-1), 5-2 Casper Ruud*

00:30 , Luke Baker

Ruud not going down without a fight here. Takes the first two points, the second coming off a missed drop volley for Alcaraz to go 0-30.

Great battling from the Spaniard though and ace number 11 helps him fight to 30-30. Another ace! 40-30 and it’s game point, which he takes to move one game away from his maiden US Open title.

*denotes next to serve

*Carlos Alcaraz 6-4, 2-6, 7-6 (7-1), 4-2 Casper Ruud - ALCARAZ BREAKS

00:27 , Luke Baker

Perhaps a chance of a first break in this fourth set as Ruud leaves one short and Alcaraz puts the backhand away for 15-30. Goes wide on the next point though - 30-30.

BREAK POINT Alcaraz after superb defensive work forces Ruud to miss an overhead. And he takes it! Ruud goes long and ALCARAZ BREAKS! He’s just two points from US Open glory now.

*denotes next to serve

Carlos Alcaraz 6-4, 2-6, 7-6 (7-1), 3-2 Casper Ruud*

00:21 , Luke Baker

Big serves aplenty for both men now, as Alcaraz opens up with his eighth ace and immediately bangs his ninth down the ‘T’. WOW! Make that 10 aces as he bangs a third in a row.

Finally misses one, then the second serve as well for a double fault but then we finally get a point involving open play, which Alcaraz wins for a hold to 15.

*denotes next to serve

*Carlos Alcaraz 6-4, 2-6, 7-6 (7-1), 2-2 Casper Ruud

00:18 , Luke Baker

Ruud digs out a volley on the first point but goes for too much on a forehand that follows. 15-15. Ooosh! Massive forehand winner by the Norwegian, unreturned serve and ace seals it to 15. He still means business.

We pass the three-hour mark for this match and there’s plenty of life left in it.

*denotes next to serve

Carlos Alcaraz 6-4, 2-6, 7-6 (7-1), 2-1 Casper Ruud*

00:13 , Luke Baker

Ruud standing miles behind the baseline on the Alcaraz first serve. It doesn’t appear to be giving him any particular advantage as he slips to 0-30 before Alcaraz blasts one long down the middle after coming forward.

Makes up for it on the next point as he marmalises a forehand after a big serve and seals the game to 15 with an ace down the ‘T’

*denotes next to serve

*Carlos Alcaraz 6-4, 2-6, 7-6 (7-1), 1-1 Casper Ruud

00:11 , Luke Baker

Some lovely groundstrokes from Ruud and a sublime pick-up volley helps him move within one point of the hold, which he seals when Alcaraz finds the net. Hold to 15 and we’re at 1-1.

*denotes next to serve

Carlos Alcaraz 6-4, 2-6, 7-6 (7-1), 1-0 Casper Ruud*

00:07 , Luke Baker

Phew! What a third set that was. How do both players reset and go again? It felt like if Alcaraz lost it, it could have been curtains but the way he came back from the brink may inspire him.

He’s in trouble early in his opening service game though as Ruud forces him on the defensive and moves to 0-30. Great forehand winner brings it closer and a serve-volley levels things at 30-30.

Marathon 21-shot rally ends with Ruud going wide and Alcaraz then seals the opening game.

*denotes next to serve

*Carlos Alcaraz 6-4, 2-6, 7-6 (7-1) Casper Ruud - ALCARAZ WINS THE THIRD SET

23:58 , Luke Baker

Oof, first-point ace for 1-0 Ruud, although he then shanks a backhand to level things up and can’t find a forehand on the next point. He can’t find his rhythm as another spooned backhand means it’s 3-1 Alcaraz...

Oh dear, the Norweigan had lost this here, wild again for 4-1 - double mini-break - and it’s consolidated with a thunderous forehand winner. 5-1 at the change of ends.

Then it’s 6-1 and that’s FIVE SET POINTS for Alcaraz. What a time for Ruud’s level to completely fall off a cliff... It was never really in doubt and he does it at the first time of asking. After 73 minutes, Alcaraz takes it!

ALCARAZ WINS THE THIRD SET.

*denotes next to serve

Carlos Alcaraz 6-4, 2-6, 6-6 Casper Ruud*

23:45 , Luke Baker

The pair trade the first two points of this crucial game before a Ruud forehand finds the net off an Alcaraz first serve. Ooh, that’s an ugly attempted forehand that spoons well wide from the Spaniard. 30-30.

BRILLIANT BY RUUD! A stunning forehand down the line is too good for his opponent and that’s SET POINT! Alcaraz finds the first serve, looks in control but a brilliant Ruud attempted pass looks good until a stretch forehand volley finds open court and sees him SAVE it.

Alcaraz moves to game point but an absurd forehand is whipped over the high point of the net to bring up another deuce. Alcaraz into the net and a put-away volley brings up another game point but a forehand sprayed wide. Deuce number three.

OH MY! Cross-court forehand from out of this world off the serve, clean winner for Ruud and it’s a second SET POINT! Serve and volley, with a finishing overhead means another one SAVED though!

Backhand behind Ruud moves Alcaraz a point away but a backhand is netted. A fifth deuce... This game is approaching 10 minutes now. Ruud nets, yet another chance for the Spaniard to force a tiebreak and this time he takes it! Hot-dog attempt from a retreating Ruud only leads to an overhead Alcaraz winner. Good Lord, what a game! We’re heading to a tiebreak.

*denotes next to serve

*Carlos Alcaraz 6-4, 2-6, 5-6 Casper Ruud

23:41 , Luke Baker

Great net play from both men at close-quarters. Incredible reactions and adjustments. A net flick helps Ruud and he can put away the next volley. 15-0 and he follows up with a first ace of the match for 30-0. Not a bad time for it...

Alcaraz then goes long before another big serves sets up victory on game point and now Alcaraz must answer the question again at 5-6.

*denotes next to serve

Carlos Alcaraz 6-4, 2-6, 5-5 Casper Ruud*

23:39 , Luke Baker

You sense both players know how important this set is. Ruud lands the first blow to go 0-15 but Alcaraz fights back and gets the crowd into it as he moves to 40-15.

Ruud misses a makeable forehand as he clips the net, sending the ball spinning wide and the Spaniard levels back up. The pressure swings back to Ruud.

*denotes next to serve

*Carlos Alcaraz 6-4, 2-6, 4-5 Casper Ruud

23:34 , Luke Baker

It still feels like Ruud has the momentum. His service games doesn’t seem quite as much of a grind for him as Alcaraz’s are for the Spaniard. But Alcaraz is still hanging in there! Down 30-0, he moves Ruud about and finishes the point with a volley that gets the crowd involved. And then gives more fist pumps as he makes it 30-30.

Magic point and it ends with Alcaraz sprawled on the floor! Both men pulling out all the stops in the longest rally of the match (17 shots), incredible athleticism and Ruud eventually does enough. 40-30, game point but Alcaraz wins the next for deuce. The crowd are fully behind the Spaniard here!

Wrong shot selection from Alcaraz means advantage Ruud and a service winner hands him the game. HE’ll have a free shot at Alcaraz’s serve for the set.

*denotes next to serve

Carlos Alcaraz 6-4, 2-6, 4-4 Casper Ruud*

23:27 , Luke Baker

Long rally on the opening point but a lovely backhand floated slice from Ruud curls just in for 0-15. An unforced Alcaraz error after poor footwork later makes it 15-30. That’s fabulous though! Serve to the body followed up by a crushing forehand - clean winner. 30-30.

A big “VAMOS” and fist pump when he finds a first serve and Ruud nets to bring up game point which he seals in a similar manner and there’s a similar reaction. Important hold.

*denotes next to serve

*Carlos Alcaraz 6-4, 2-6, 3-4 Casper Ruud

23:21 , Luke Baker

Into the business end of this third set. Ruud cruises to 40-0 and although he then throws in a double fault, he cleans up the game with the very next point.

*denotes next to serve

Carlos Alcaraz 6-4, 2-6, 3-3 Casper Ruud*

23:17 , Luke Baker

Alcaraz needs to get some momentum back. This game does exactly that as he wins the first two points and then powerfully puts away an overhead smash for 40-0.

Holds to 15 in the end.

*denotes next to serve

*Carlos Alcaraz 6-4, 2-6, 2-3 Casper Ruud

23:13 , Luke Baker

Ruud was a point away from going a double break down but now the momentum has swung back to the Norwegian. Although he loses the opening point, the next three are put away to move within a point of the game. A forehand form Alcaraz goes well long and Ruud has his nose in front.

Are the three consecutive five-setters to reach the final catching up with Alcaraz...?

*denotes next to serve

Carlos Alcaraz 6-4, 2-6, 2-2 Casper Ruud* - RUUD BREAKS BACK

23:10 , Luke Baker

Ruud gets a look at an Alcaraz service game here at 15-30 and then an unforced error by the Spaniard makes it 15-40. Two BREAK POINTS to level the set for Ruud...

Lovely put-away volley SAVES the first but he gives Ruud a second serve on the next and finds the net with a groundstroke to hand the game to his opponent.

RUUD BREAKS BACK AGAINST ALCARAZ!

*denotes next to serve

*Carlos Alcaraz 6-4, 2-6, 2-1 Casper Ruud

23:04 , Luke Baker

That second set may have run away from Alcaraz but he’s reverted to what worked in the first set now - powerful baseline groundstrokes. He got a bit drop-shot happy in that second set.

Actually, the drop shot burns him as he finds the net with it to fall 30-15 behind but a gorgeous lob levels the game at 30-30 before Ruud goes just long with a backhand to bring up a BREAK POINT for a double break. SAVED with a stunning serve.

A big Ruud forehand and Alcaraz going wide then give the Norweigan the hold. Importantly keeps it at just a single break

*denotes next to serve

Carlos Alcaraz 6-4, 2-6, 2-0 Casper Ruud*

22:58 , Luke Baker

Alcaraz looks fully focussed now. A series of small fist pumps as a couple of big serves help him make it 40-0. Ruud pulls out some heroics with drop shots and lobs to win the next point but a dismissive ace from the teenager seals the game to 15.

He’s in control of this third set already.

*denotes next to serve

*Carlos Alcaraz 6-4, 2-6, 1-0 Casper Ruud - ALCARAZ BREAKS

22:55 , Luke Baker

An ideal start to the third set for Alcaraz. He looks focused after losing that second set. Gets himself to 15-20 and two BREAK POINTS!

Great defence from Ruud to SAVE the first as the Alcaraz sliding volley falls just wide. He takes the second though! A series of big, grunting forehand before the disguised forehand drop volley is well executed enough.

ALCARAZ BREAKS IN THE OPENING GAME OF THE THIRD SET!

*denotes next to serve

Carlos Alcaraz 6-4, 2-6 Casper Ruud* - RUUD WINS THE SECOND SET!

22:48 , Luke Baker

Ruud hanging in and gets the game to 30-30. Can he win this set without needing to serve it out? Serve and big groundstroke give Alcaraz game point but a fizzing backhand down the line slips wide for deuce.

He then goes long and it’s SET POINT for Ruud. Second-serve return is netted though, so it’s SAVED! A double fault means a second SET POINT... And this time he does it! Into the net and the overhead smash for the winner.

RUUD WINS THE SECOND SET!

*denotes next to serve

*Carlos Alcaraz 6-4, 2-5 Casper Ruud

22:40 , Luke Baker

A break is only any good if you consolidate it and Ruud gets himself into bother at 15-30 with a couple of unforced errors. A great adjustment to a net cord followed by a well-executed backhand overhead importantly makes it 30-30 but a fist pump from Alcaraz follows as he brings up BREAK POINT!

Huuuuge serve - his fastest of the day - and it’s SAVED by Ruud! Deuce. Frustration from Alcaraz as he nets and then an outrageous overhead smash from right at the back of the court, that lands an inch or so inside the Alcaraz baseline, gives Ruud a hard-fought hold.

*denotes next to serve

Carlos Alcaraz 6-4, 2-4 Casper Ruud* - RUUD BREAKS ALCARAZ

22:35 , Luke Baker

Ruud hanging in points but Alcaraz is largely dictating from the baseline and wearing him down. The Norwegian lacking a bit of precision on the backhand side.

Great point at 30-0 as a 12-shot rally sees Alcaraz scrambling and Ruud finishes it with a drop shot before battling to make it 30-30. A powerful cross-court backhand after getting to a drop shot then gives him a BREAK POINT! Big opportunity for the underdog and he TAKES IT! Looks dead and buried in the point but gets to a wide forehand, then lobs Alcaraz after scampering to a drop shot and the passing shot on the turn from Alcaraz goes wide.

RUUD BREAKS ALCARAZ!

*denotes next to serve

*Carlos Alcaraz 6-4, 2-3 Casper Ruud

22:28 , Luke Baker

Just superb all-round play by Alcaraz. This 19-year-old is so composed and has such tennis smarts. Brings Ruud into the net with a precise drop shot and finishes the point into the open court.

A thrilling exchange of baseline groundstrokes ends with Ruud gritting out a point for 15-15, Alcaraz then juuust misses an audacious drop shot before Ruud finds a backhand down the line for 40-15. Oooh, what a cross-court passing shot from Alcaraz! And then a long rally ends with him making it deuce.

Now a BREAK POINT after a clean backhand winner but SAVED with a big serve that moves through the air. A netted backhand and Alcaraz going long means a hold of serve.

*denotes next to serve

Carlos Alcaraz 6-4, 2-2 Casper Ruud*

22:21 , Luke Baker

Ruud wins the first point of the game but some heavy groundstrokes put Alcaraz back in control as he wins four points on the spin for an easy hold to 15.

Through two service games, Alcaraz has a 100% first-serve record in this set. That’ll work!

*denotes next to serve

*Carlos Alcaraz 6-4, 1-2 Casper Ruud

22:16 , Luke Baker

Well-constructed point by Ruud as he chooses his moment to come to the net and find a volleyed winner. A big serve for 40-0 before Alcaraz goes for a ‘hollywood’ cross-court forehand that flies wide.

A simple love hold for the Norwegian.

*denotes next to serve

Carlos Alcaraz 6-4, 1-1 Casper Ruud*

22:15 , Luke Baker

Alcaraz is looking fired up here. Moves Ruud around the court and fist pumps, with a look up to his box, when he finishes the point with a strong volley. An ace down the ‘T’ completes a love hold.

You feel he’s moving through the gears.

*denotes next to serve

*Carlos Alcaraz 6-4, 0-1 Casper Ruud

22:12 , Luke Baker

How will Casper Ruud respond to that first-set disappointment? He could probably do with a simple opening service game but instead Alcaraz gives himself a sniff by coming forward at the perfect time to make it 30-30.

Ooof! Crunching cross-court forehand from Ruud is a clean winner - fighting fire with fire - and a heavy first serve on the next point prompts the Sapniard to net. Hold to 30.

*denotes next to serve

Carlos Alcaraz 6-4 Casper Ruud* - ALCARAZ WINS THE FIRST SET

22:07 , Luke Baker

Alcaraz showing no fear as he quickly makes it 30-0 and Ruud then nets a return to give the Spaniard THREE SET POINTS!

He only needs one! A serve out wide and Ruud’s backhand hits the top third of the net. Big fist pump as ALCARAZ WINS THE FIRST SET.

*denotes next to serve

*Carlos Alcaraz 5-4 Casper Ruud

22:03 , Luke Baker

Ruud will want to at least make Alcaraz serve this out. Races into a 40-0 lead and then comfortably converts for a hold to 15. Can Alcaraz do the business on his own serve?

*denotes next to serve

Carlos Alcaraz 5-3 Casper Ruud*

22:00 , Luke Baker

New balls as we’ve completed seven games. Perhaps a very slight advantage for Alcaraz as he serves.

Nice sportsmanship from Ruud as he concedes a point after a double bounce near the net that wasn’t spotted by the umpire. Shades of the Andy Murray vs Francisco Cerundolo match from earlier in the tournament.

Good immediate karma for the Norwegian as he wins the next two points but Alcaraz gets a rare ace into the body before digging out a forehand volley winner and then crushing a backhand down the line for a hold to 30. One game needed for the first set

*denotes next to serve

*Carlos Alcaraz 4-3 Casper Ruud

21:55 , Luke Baker

After both men’s (understandable) nerves on serve early in this set, they’ve settled down into a rhythm. Ruud holds to 15 with minimal fuss. Alcaraz to serve with the opportunity to move within a game of the first set.

*denotes next to serve

Carlos Alcaraz 4-2 Casper Ruud*

21:50 , Luke Baker

Great stuff from Alcaraz, moves Ruud side to side and then finishes the point with a lovely backhand volley at the net. Moves 40-15 ahead as a wide serves puts him in control and although the Norwegian has a sniff at 40-30 that’s snuffed out by an ace down the ‘T’.

*denotes next to serve

*Carlos Alcaraz 3-2 Casper Ruud

21:44 , Luke Baker

Finally a more straightforward service game for Ruud as he holds to love. Still just the single break of serve behind.

*denotes next to serve

Carlos Alcaraz 3-1 Casper Ruud*

21:40 , Luke Baker

Alcaraz starting to settle into a groove. Races into a 30-0 lead on his own serve although Ruud digs out an incredible half-volley at the net - how did he get there (!) - to win his first point and then a missed drop shot makes it 30-30.

The power from both men is incredible! Alcaraz eviscerates a forehand but Ruud gets it into the open court to bring up a BREAK POINT! Well SAVED by Alcaraz with the forehand pass. He then takes the next two points for a hold.

We’ve had break points in every game but Alcaraz holds the advantage.

*denotes next to serve

*Carlos Alcaraz 2-1 Casper Ruud - ALCARAZ BREAKS SERVE

21:33 , Luke Baker

Oooh, an unfortunate net cord for Ruud as he looks set to put away a volley but the deflected ball skips under his racket. Messes up a drive volley and it’s 0-30.

WHAT A POINT! Incredible court coverage and athleticism from both men ends with Alcaraz expertly putting away a volley. 0-40 and three BREAK POINTS. Alcaraz goes long with the first but attacks the second serve, Ruud goes wide and ALCARAZ BREAKS RUUD!

*denotes next to serve

Carlos Alcaraz 1-1 Casper Ruud*

21:30 , Luke Baker

Lovely passing shot by Ruud makes it 15-15 and Alcaraz then inexplicably finds the net when a forehand sits up as he comes forward for it. WOW! A return winner from Ruud as he jumps in the air to crunch a backhand straight down the line.

Two BREAK POINTS for the underdog and the first is SAVED by a big serve before the second is also SAVED when Ruud nets a return off another big first save. An ace out wide and then across-court forehand winner seals the hold. Both men have let break points slip in their opening games.

*denotes next to serve

*Carlos Alcaraz 0-1 Casper Ruud

21:24 , Luke Baker

Big, unreturned first serve from Ruud out wide - a good nerve settler to get him to 15-0. He then wins a lengthier rally for 30-0.

Alcaraz gets his first point of the final and then, when Ruud goes long it’s 30-30. Big backhand coming forward and it’s a BREAK POINT for the Spaniard. SAVED! Alcaraz goes just long.

Ooh, that’s not the time for a double fault - second BREAK POINT. Again SAVED as Alcaraz nets from the baseline. Ruud into the net on the next point and produces three brilliant defensive volleys before an overhead finds the court and Alcaraz nets. It’s game point and the Spaniard puts his return long!

Not exactly pretty for the Norwegian but there are no pictures on the scoreboard and he holds serve in the opening game.

*denotes next to serve

Carlos Alcaraz vs Casper Ruud

21:18 , Luke Baker

OK, we’re ready to go at Flushing Meadows. Casper Ruud to serve.

Carlos Alcaraz vs Casper Ruud

21:16 , Luke Baker

Not sure if it was nerves but Ruud sprinted to the baseline from the net and had to be called back as there were still some pre-match formalities to complete. Lovely stuff!

Warm-up is underway now. Remember, Alcaraz leads their head to head 2-0 but a grand slam final is a different beast.

Carlos Alcaraz vs Casper Ruud

21:09 , Luke Baker

The players will be out on the court of Arthur Ashe Stadium at Flushing Meadows imminently. In fact, here they come now.

Ruud is first to be introduced and he salutes the crowd. Carlos Alcaraz nexts out and the roars are even louder - it feels like he’s the crowd favourites.

Warm-ups upcoming and then we’ll be into the match itself.

Casper Ruud laughs off comparisons with Erling Haaland in native Norway

20:54 , Luke Baker

Casper Ruud does not expect to match the popularity of Erling Haaland in his native Norway even if he beats Carlos Alcaraz to win the US Open and become world number one.

The climax to what has been an extraordinary grand slam tournament will be a straight shootout for a maiden major trophy for both men and top spot in the rankings.

Ruud is already the best player in his country’s history having picked up a love of the sport from his father Christian, who was a top-50 player in the 1990s.

US Open: Casper Ruud laughs off comparisons with Erling Haaland in native Norway

Casper Ruud into US Open final with win over Karen Khachanov

20:42 , Luke Baker

Casper Ruud defeated Karen Khachanov to reach his second grand slam final of the season at the US Open and move to within one result of taking over as world number one.

The Norwegian has not yet become a big name outside tennis but he has grown into one of the most consistent performers in the men’s game and made his first slam final at the French Open this year, losing to Rafael Nadal.

Clay is the 23-year-old’s best surface but he is catching up fast on hard courts and continued his excellent run in New York with a 7-6 (5) 6-2 5-7 6-2 win over Russian Khachanov.

Casper Ruud into US Open final with win over Karen Khachanov

Carlos Alcaraz beats Frances Tiafoe to set up Casper Ruud fight for title and world No1 spot

20:31 , Luke Baker

Carlos Alcaraz will take on Casper Ruud for the US Open title and the world number one ranking after beating Frances Tiafoe in another five-set classic to reach his first grand slam final.

The 19-year-old is the youngest man to make a slam final since his fellow Spaniard Rafael Nadal won his maiden title at the French Open back in 2005.

Comparisons between the compatriots are inescapable and Alcaraz, who had battled for five sets beyond 2am in his previous two matches, showed Nadal-like powers of mental and physical endurance to recover and beat American Tiafoe 6-7 (6) 6-3 6-1 6-7 (5) 6-3.

Alcaraz beats Tiafoe to set up Casper Ruud fight for title and world No1 spot

Alfie Hewett wins men’s wheelchair singles title

20:19 , Luke Baker

Some positive British news from Flushing Meadows, where Alfie Hewett has battled to men’s wheelchair singles glory. He denied Shingo Kunieda the calendar grand slam with a 7-6, 6-1 triumph

Alcaraz and Ruud profiles

20:07 , Luke Baker

So who are Carlos Alcaraz and Casper Ruud? Here’s a little more info on each:

CARLOS ALCARAZ

Seed/Rank: 3/4

Best Previous US Open Result: QF (2021)

Best Previous Grand Slam Result: QF (2021 US Open, 2022 French Open)

Sets Played/Sets Lost: 24/6

Time Spent on Court: 20 hours, 20 minutes

CASPER RUUD

Seed/Rank: 5/7

Previous Best US Open Result: 3R (2020)

Best Grand Slam Result: F (2022 French Open)

Sets Played/Sets Lost: 23/5

Time Spent on Court: 18 hours, 46 minutes

What have they said?

19:55 , Luke Baker

Both players have been talking to the press in the build-up to this final but what have they been saying?

“This is my first time. I’m going to give everything that I have,” said Alcaraz. “I have one more [match] to go against a player who is unbelievable.”

Meanwhile, Rudd - who has lost both previous matches against Alcaraz in straight sets said: “Of course, there will be nerves and we will both feel it. I hope it will be a good match. He has beaten me a couple times and I will seek my revenge.”

History on the line at Flushing Meadows

19:40 , Luke Baker

As we mentioned earlier, the winner tonight will become world No 1 (the first time that a men’s grand slam singles final has featured two players with a chance to become world No 1) but there’s plenty of other history that could be made.

  • Spanish teenager Alcaraz is contesting his first major final and bidding to become the youngest top-ranked men’s player in ATP rankings history.

  • Ruud would become the first Norwegian to occupy the world No 1 spot.

  • Alcaraz would be the youngest men’s grand slam winner since Rafa Nadal in 2005

Joe Salisbury and Rajeev Ram defend US Open doubles title with hard-fought win

19:25 , Luke Baker

Joe Salisbury and Rajeev Ram became just the second team in the open era to successfully defend their US Open doubles title.

With Neal Skupski and his Dutch partner Wesley Koolhof on the other side of the net, there was guaranteed to be a British winner, and it was Londoner Salisbury and American Ram who came out on top of a tight contest, winning 7-6 (4) 7-5.

It is a third grand slam title together for Ram and Salisbury, who also won the Australian Open in 2020, and they follow in the footsteps of Australian greats Todd Woodbridge and Mark Woodforde, the last team to win back-to-back titles in New York in 1995 and 1996.

The victory also means Salisbury, who has also won two mixed doubles titles, holds on to the world number one ranking. Skupski would have overtaken him had he and Koolhof lifted the trophy.

Joe Salisbury and Rajeev Ram defend US Open doubles title with hard-fought win

Casper Ruud vs Carlos Alcaraz live stream: How to watch US Open final online and on TV tonight

18:58 , Luke Baker

Carlos Alcaraz will take on Casper Ruud for the US Open title and the world number one ranking after beating Frances Tiafoe in another five-set classic to reach his first grand slam final.

The 19-year-old is the youngest man to make a slam final since his fellow Spaniard Rafael Nadal won his maiden title at the French Open back in 2005.

Comparisons between the compatriots are inescapable and Alcaraz, who had battled for five sets beyond 2am in his previous two matches, showed Nadal-like powers of mental and physical endurance to recover and beat American Tiafoe 6-7 (6) 6-3 6-1 6-7 (5) 6-3.

It has been a breakthrough tournament for 24-year-old Tiafoe, who defeated Nadal for the biggest win of his career in the fourth round before becoming the first American man to make the last four in New York for 16 years and the first black American man since Arthur Ashe in 1972.

But it is third seed Alcaraz that will go forward to the final to take on Norway’s Ruud, with both men knowing victory would put them on top of the rankings – Alcaraz as the youngest man ever.

Here’s everything you need to know.

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Casper Ruud laughs off comparisons with Erling Haaland in native Norway

18:04 , Jack Rathborn

Casper Ruud does not expect to match the popularity of Erling Haaland in his native Norway even if he beats Carlos Alcaraz to win the US Open and become world number one.

The climax to what has been an extraordinary grand slam tournament will be a straight shootout for a maiden major trophy for both men and top spot in the rankings.

Ruud is already the best player in his country’s history having picked up a love of the sport from his father Christian, who was a top-50 player in the 1990s.

US Open: Casper Ruud laughs off comparisons with Erling Haaland in native Norway

Casper Ruud into US Open final with win over Karen Khachanov

17:56 , Jack Rathborn

Casper Ruud defeated Karen Khachanov to reach his second grand slam final of the season at the US Open and move to within one result of taking over as world number one.

The Norwegian has not yet become a big name outside tennis but he has grown into one of the most consistent performers in the men’s game and made his first slam final at the French Open this year, losing to Rafael Nadal.

Clay is the 23-year-old’s best surface but he is catching up fast on hard courts and continued his excellent run in New York with a 7-6 (5) 6-2 5-7 6-2 win over Russian Khachanov.

Casper Ruud into US Open final with win over Karen Khachanov

US Open: Carlos Alcaraz beats Frances Tiafoe to set up Casper Ruud fight for title and world No1 spot

17:55 , Jack Rathborn

Carlos Alcaraz will take on Casper Ruud for the US Open title and the world number one ranking after beating Frances Tiafoe in another five-set classic to reach his first grand slam final.

The 19-year-old is the youngest man to make a slam final since his fellow Spaniard Rafael Nadal won his maiden title at the French Open back in 2005.

Comparisons between the compatriots are inescapable and Alcaraz, who had battled for five sets beyond 2am in his previous two matches, showed Nadal-like powers of mental and physical endurance to recover and beat American Tiafoe 6-7 (6) 6-3 6-1 6-7 (5) 6-3.

Alcaraz beats Tiafoe to set up Casper Ruud fight for title and world No1 spot

US Open win persuades Iga Swiatek the ‘sky is the limit’ for tennis career

17:54 , Luke Baker

Winning the US Open has persuaded Iga Swiatek that the “sky is the limit” for her tennis career.

The 21-year-old Pole has a huge lead in the world rankings but this was definitive proof that she is the best in the business on hard courts as well as clay.

After a 6-2 7-6 (5) victory over Ons Jabeur at Flushing Meadows that added a first US Open crown to her two French Open successes, Swiatek said: “At the beginning of the season I realised that maybe I can have some good results at WTA events. I also made it to the semi-finals of the Australian Open.

US Open win persuades Iga Swiatek the ‘sky is the limit’ for tennis career