Carlaaraz becomes youngest No. 1 men's tennis player with US Open win

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Carlos Alcaraz, regarded as the next great thing in men's tennis, defeated Casper Ruud in the United States with a combination of maturity and tenacity, winning 6-4, 2-6, 7-6 (1), and 6-3.

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 He won the Open final on Sunday to win his maiden Grand Slam tournament at the age of 19 and became the ATP's No. 1-ranked player.

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The 19-year-old, who is also the youngest American, has won a Grand Slam for the first time since his 19-year-old countryman Rafael Nadal hoisted the trophy at Roland Garros in 2005.

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Open champion since 19-year-old Pete Sampras in 1990. Alcaraz entered Flushing Meadows as the No. 4 player in the world. 

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But he emerges from the hard-court major in first place, becoming the ATP's youngest ever champion.

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Alcaraz, who joined Nadal, Carlos Moya, and mentor Ferrero as the fourth Spaniard to reach the top, has also equaled the largest surge to No. 1.

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"I have worked very, really hard for it," Alcaraz said at the award ceremony. "It is something I have dreamed of since I was a child. 

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To be No. 1 in the world, to be champion of a Grand Slam, is something I have worked really, really hard for."

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