Tennis: Alcaraz, Ruud meet for US Open title and No. 1 in rankings

AP , Sunday 11 Sep 2022

LOOKAHEAD TO SUNDAY

Carlos Alcaraz
Spain s Carlos Alcaraz celebrates after winning against USA s Frances Tiafoe during their 2022 US Open Tennis tournament men s singles semi-final match at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York, on September 9, 2022. (AFP)

Carlos Alcaraz or Casper Ruud will win his first major title, then move to No. 1 in the ATP rankings on Monday. If it's the 19-year-old Alcaraz, he would become the youngest Grand Slam champion since fellow Spaniard Rafael Nadal was also 19 when he won the French Open in 2005, and the youngest No. 1 since the computer rankings began in 1973.

He has won three straight five-set matches, but the last man to do that leading into a Grand Slam final then lost, when Roger Federer beat Andre Agassi in 2005 at Flushing Meadows.

Ruud gets his second chance at a first major title, having lost to Nadal in June at the French Open. He will become the first Norwegian player to be No. 1 with a victory, but he is 0-5 against top-10 players in Grand Slam matches.

SUNDAY'S FORECAST

Afternoon rain. High of 77 degrees Fahrenheit (25 Celsius).

SATURDAY'S RESULT

Women's final: No. 1 Iga Swiatek beat No. 5 Ons Jabeur 6-2, 7-6 (5).

STAT OF THE DAY

20 _ Consecutive sets won by Swiatek in finals after she lost in 2019 in the first one of her career.

QUOTE OF THE DAY

``I was joking when I said I don't like her. I'll forgive her when she gives me a Rolex or something.`` _ Ons Jabeur, who had joked in her postmatch interview that she didn't like Swiatek at the moment.

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