Spanish Davis Cup team captain Sergi Bruguera said he felt it was just a matter of time before Carlos Alcaraz won his first Grand Slam title. On Sunday, 19-year-old Alcaraz defeated Casper Ruud in the US Open final with a 6-4 2-6 7-6 (1) 6-3 score.
Alcaraz wasn't going just for his first Grand Slam title in the US Open final, he also had his eyes on the No. 1 ranking. The US Open final victory made Alcaraz the youngest No. 1 in tennis history. Earlier this year, Alcaraz won two Masters titles.
"With Alcaraz we knew that this was going to happen sooner or later, but everything has come very quickly, which is impressive. The week he had was impressive, a lot of five-set matches, plus a great final. He is in spectacular shape, both physically and mentally, but the most important thing for us is that he comes to meet us on Tuesday and has time to recover," Bruguera said, per Punto de Break.
Alcaraz said he was ready to win a Grand Slam
After winning Masters titles in Miami and Madrid, Alcaraz told the tennis community that he was ready to win a Grand Slam title. At the French Open, Alcaraz reached the quarterfinal before losing to Alexander Zverev.
Then at Wimbledon, Alcaraz made the round-of-16 before falling short to Jannik Sinner. Alcaraz maybe didn't win his first Grand Slam title when he expected to win at the French Open, but it didn't take him too long to accomplish his dream.
Alcaraz is scheduled to play for Spain during this week's Davis Cup Finals group stage action, but he may decide to skip the event and rest a bit. It has been a great season for Alcaraz, who will certainly be aiming to finish his great year by winning the ATP Finals in Turin, in November.