Welcome to Sportstar’s live coverage of the 2022 US Open men’s singles final between Carlos Alcaraz of Spain and Casper Ruud of Norway. This is Nihit Sachdeva taking you through the action as it unfolds at the Arthur Ashe Stadium in New York.
1:18AM IST: Less than 15 minutes to go for live action. Alcaraz vs Ruud is the youngest Grand Slam men’s singles final in more than 20 years, dating back to 21-year-old Lleyton Hewitt’s win over 20-year-old David Nalbandian for the 2002 Wimbledon championship.
1:05AM IST:What Ruud has said about Alcaraz before the final
“If I want to beat Carlos, I’ll need to play very precise with all the shots that I hit, especially try to keep him a little bit further back in the court. If he steps in, he can do anything with the ball. He can rip a winner. He also has great touch with the drop shot… he can do both shots back and forth. He will get you off guard sometimes with the drop shot.”
12:55AM IST:What Alcaraz has said about Ruud before the final
“I know him very well. We shared a lot of moments in the tournaments. Of course, he’s a very nice guy off the court. I talk with him a lot, when we can. I played him twice. I beat him twice. He’s playing really, really well. I know that. I will have to show my best.”
12:45AM IST:JUST IN – Czech duo of Barbora Krejcikova and Katerina Siniakova beat the all-American pair of Caty McNally and Taylor Townsend 3-6, 7-5, 6-1 to win the women’s doubles title at the 2022 US Open. Krejcikova and Siniakova have completed the set – all four Slams, WTA Finals, Olympic Medallists and were 18-0 in Slams this year.
12:40AM IST:Records Ruud will set by winning the US Open (via ATP)
World No. 7 Ruud will make the biggest jump to world number one
First Norwegian Grand Slam singles champion
First Norwegian World No. 1 in ATP Rankings history (since August 1973) and fourth Scandinavian World No. 1 after Borg, Edberg and Wilander of Sweden.
Sixth Scandinavian Grand Slam men’s champion and third Scandinavian US Open men’s champion.
12:30AM IST:Records Alcaraz will set by winning the US Open (via ATP)
Alcaraz, 19, will become youngest and first teenage World No. 1 in the history of ATP Rankings
Would be fourth Spanish World No. 1 in ATP Rankings history, joining Ferrero, Moya and Nadal
First man to save match point en route to Grand Slam title since Djokovic at 2019 Wimbledon and first man to save match point en route to US Open title since Wawrinka in 2016
First post-US Open change at No. 1 since 2003, when his coach Juan Carlos Ferrero rose to No. 1
12:20AM IST:Head-to-head record
Alcaraz leads the head-to-head record 2-0. Their first meeting was on clay in Marbella in 2021 where the Spaniard won 6-2, 6-4 in the quarterfinal. Their second and the most recent match was this year’s Miami Masters final which Alcaraz won 7-5, 6-4.
12:10AM IST:Ruud’s run to the final
|ROUND OF 128||KYLE EDMOND (GBR)||6-3, 7-5, 6-2||2 HOURS 21 MINUTES|
|ROUND OF 64||TIM VAN RIJTHOVEN (NED)||6-7 (4), 6-4, 6-4, 6-4||2 HOURS 48 MINUTES|
|ROUND OF 32||TOMMY PAUL (USA)||7-6 (3), 6-7 (5), 7-6 (2), 5-7, 6-0||4 HOURS 23 MINUTES|
|ROUND OF 16||CORENTIN MOUTET (FRA)||6-1, 6-2, 6-7 (4), 6-2||3 HOURS 20 MINUTES|
|QUARTERFINAL||MATTEO BERRETTINI (ITA)||6-1, 6-4, 7-6 (4)||2 HOURS 36 MINUTES|
|SEMIFINAL||KAREN KHACHANOV (RUS)||7-6 (5), 6-2, 5-7, 6-2||3 HOURS|
12AM IST: Alcaraz’ run to the final
|ROUND OF 128||SEBASTIAN BAEZ (ARG)||7-5, 7-5, 2-0, RETD.||2 HOURS 30 MINUTES|
|ROUND OF 64||FEDERICO CORIA (ARG)||6-2, 6-1, 7-5||2 HOURS 10 MINUTES|
|ROUND OF 32||JENSON BROOKSBY (USA)||6-3, 6-3, 6-3||2 HOURS 11 MINUTES|
|ROUND OF 16||MARIN CILIC (CRO)||6-4, 3-6, 6-4, 4-6, 6-3||3 HOURS 54 MINUTES|
|QUARTERFINAL||JANNIK SINNER (ITA)||6-3, 6-7 (7), 6-7 (0), 7-5, 6-3||5 HOURS 15 MINUTES|
|SEMIFINAL||FRANCES TIAFOE (USA)||6-7 (6), 6-3, 6-1, 6-7 (5), 6-3||4 HOURS 19 MINUTES|
11:50PM IST: It’s the final day of Grand Slam tennis in 2022 and the stakes could not have been more higher. Alcaraz vs Ruud – a final, not only for a maiden Grand Slam title but also a battle to be the world number one. Live action begins at 1:30AM IST. Till then, stay tuned as I take you through the pre-match build-up.
MATCH PREVIEW ( via Reuters)
The stakes could not be higher in Sunday’s Flushing Meadows final between Spanish teenaged phenomenon Carlos Alcaraz and Norwegian Casper Ruud, with the US Open trophy and the world number one ranking awaiting the winner.
The showdown between the two breakout players of 2022 is a fitting conclusion to the year’s final major, which showcased the sport’s bright future as it transitions out of the era of the Big Three of Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer.
French Open runner-up Ruud called the winner-takes-all conclusion an “ideal situation” after he beat Russian Karen Khachanov in four sets in Friday’s semi-final.
The superhuman Alcaraz, who survived three successive five-set marathons to arrive at the precipice of Grand Slam glory, said his vision was coming into focus.
“It’s close, but at the same time is so far away, you know?” Alcaraz told reporters after beating American Frances Tiafoe on Friday night.
“It’s a final of a Grand Slam, fighting for the number one in the world, something that I dreamed (of) since I was a kid.”
The 19-year-old Spaniard has beaten Ruud in both of their previous meetings, including a straight sets win in the Miami Open final in April.
“I know him very well,” Alcaraz said.
“We shared a lot of moments in the tournaments. Of course, he’s a very nice guy off the court. I talk with him a lot, when we can.
“I played him twice. I beat him twice. He’s playing really, really well. I know that. I will have to show my best.”
Ruud knows that he faces an uphill task in toppling the on-fire Alcaraz, who has won four titles this year, including Masters trophies in Miami and Madrid.
“If I want to beat Carlos, I’ll need to play very precise with all the shots that I hit, especially try to keep him a little bit further back in the court,” he said.
“If he steps in, he can do anything with the ball. He can rip a winner. He also has great touch with the drop shot… he can do both shots back and forth. He will get you off guard sometimes with the drop shot.”
With the eyes of the tennis world on them, the mental battle could be just as important as any tactical decisions, Ruud said.
“We’re playing for the tournament and also world number one. Of course, there will be nerves and we will both feel it,” he said.
“I hope it will be a good match. He has beaten me a couple times and I will seek my revenge.”
Live Streaming Info, when and where to watch?
The 2022 US Open men’s singles final between Carlos Alcaraz of Spain and Casper Ruud of Norway will be telecast live on Sony Sports Network and streamed live on the Sony Liv App from 1:30AM IST on Monday, September 12.