First Grand Slam title and new world number one: Carlos Alcaraz’s Sunday was perfect. The Spanish tennis player beat Norwegian Casper Ruud, the new world number two, in four sets in the Us Open final: a final match in the Big Apple that meant a lot to both.

The Spaniard finally achieved the feat, becoming the youngest tennis player to reach the top of the rankings at the age of 19. For this success, which he writes a new page in men’s tennis, numerous congratulatory messages arrived, mainly addressed to the new number one in Spain.

After Nadal’s publication on Twitter, other players on the current circuit have also dedicated a thought to Alcaraz. From Lorenzo Musetti (“Congratulations Alcaraz, you deserve it”) to Holger Rune (“Congratulations Alcaraz, impressive and inspiring”), the Next Gen congratulated the man leading the Race to Milan.

Borna Coric, Dominic Thiem and Felix Auger Aliassime also joined the chorus: the Canadian, in particular, dedicated a message to the Casper Ruud finalist, as did Nadal. The women’s circuit also congratulated Carlos Alcaraz: from the new Us Open champion, Iga Swiatek, to her two compatriots Paula Badosa and Garbiñe Muguruza.

Even the young star of women’s tennis, Coco Gauff, wrote a post for the other teenager: “Fantastic! Congratulations” Like the stars of the moment, the legends of the past also wanted to highlight the success of Carlos Alcaraz: posts from Rod Laver and Juan Carlos Del Potro, as well as David Nalbandian.

Carlos Alcaraz

Carlos Alcaraz is a true champion

Patrick Mouratoglou has pointed out three key reasons behind the rapid rise of Carlos Alcaraz. “The first one that is most impressive in his mental strength, that is incredible. All this expectations on his shoulders, the number one ranking, the first Grand Slam, having to save match points, being completely exhausted physically and is able to deliver in these conditions,” he said.

The French coach then turned to Alcaraz’s physical ability, pointing to the Spaniard’s “intensity” and “explosiveness” on every shot. “The second is his physical abilities. The intensity combined with explosiveness, the way he hits the ball with so much violence with every single shot,” he said.

“And number three is how complete his game is. No weaknesses, great from far behind the baseline, great from close to the baseline, 30% of his shot that he hits are inside the baseline, great at net. To develop all this at 19 years of age is unbelievable,” he added.

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