Carlos Alcaraz reacts to making history with 'crazy' US Open final win

Carlos Alcaraz has joked that he is coming for Rafael Nadal’s Grand Slam record after winning his first major title at the US Open.

In what was his first-ever major final, Alcaraz defeated Casper Ruud 6-4 2-6 7-6 (7-1) 6-3 at Flushing Meadows.

At just 19-years-old, he is the youngest men’s Grand Slam champion since fellow Spaniard Nadal won the French Open in 2005.

Additionally, he has also become the first teenager to top the ATP rankings in its 49-year history, replacing Daniil Medvedev as the world’s No.1.

‘This is something which I dreamt of since I was a kid, being number one in the world and a champion of a Grand Slam,’ Alcaraz said after his victory.

‘It is something I have worked very hard for. It is really, really special.

‘It’s crazy for me. I never thought I was going to achieve something like this at 19 years old.’

Comparisons between Alcaraz and Nadal are of course inevitable, though the new champion still has some way to go before he will challenge the 36-year-old’s all-time record of 22 Grand Slam titles.

‘Well, I have one. He has 22. I’m on the way,’ a jubilant Alcaraz added.

‘Right now, I’m enjoying the moment. I’m enjoying having the trophy in my hands.

‘Of course, I’m hungry for more. I want to be at the top for many, many weeks. I hope many years.

‘I’m going to work hard again after this week, these amazing two weeks. I’m going to fight to have more of this.’

Nadal, who exited the US Open in the fourth round to Frances Tiafoe, was delighted for his fellow countryman, tweeting: ‘Congratulations Carlos Alcaraz for your first Grand Slam and for number 1, which is the culmination of your first great season, which I am sure will be many more!’

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