'I do not want to be Rafael Nadal, I'm Carlos Alcaraz,' says No. 1

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'I do not want to be Rafael Nadal, I'm Carlos Alcaraz,' says No. 1

Carlos Alcaraz is back on the practice court in Valencia after winning his first Major crown and becoming the youngest world no. 1! Carlos conquered the US Open and became the first teenager on the ATP throne a day later, writing history books and feeling hungry for more.

In his recent interview, Alcaraz repeated that he does not want to be the new Rafael Nadal, creating his legacy and following his path. Carlos endured all the obstacles in New York, prevailing in three consecutive five-setters and toppling Casper Ruud in the title clash.

Alcaraz scored a 6-4, 2-6, 7-6, 6-3 victory in three hours and 20 minutes for his first out of many Major titles. Alcaraz and Ruud earned three return games, and the Spaniard played better when it mattered the most. A teenager saved two set points in the third set's closing stages and served well in the fourth to seal the deal and start a massive celebration.

Carlos fired 55 winners and 41 unforced errors, rushing to the net and standing as a more aggressive player. Alcaraz grabbed an early break in the opener and held at love with a service winner at 5-4 to move in front. Ruud was the only player on the court in the second set.

He fended off a break point at 2-2 and rattled off four straight games to clinch the set 6-2 and improve his chances.

Carlos Alcaraz is not trying to become the second Rafael Nadal.

Carlos grabbed an early break in the third set before losing serve at 2-1 to keep the rival on the positive side.

They served well until the 12th game when Alcaraz faced two set points. With no room for errors, the youngster saved the first with a volley winner and denied the second with a smash winner to force a tie break. With a boost on his side, the Spaniard claimed it 7-1 and gained massive momentum.

Alcaraz produced five comfortable holds in the fourth set and kept the pressure on the other side. He broke Ruud in game six and fired a booming serve at 5-3 to seal the deal and earn a place in history. "I do not want to be the next Rafa but Carlos Alcaraz.

I want to make history and path to be remembered for my achievements. I still have to improve many things. I'm still 19, and my time is here; I'm world no. 1. My time has come so fast, and now it's time to stay at the top as much as possible and improve my game," Carlos Alcaraz said.