Roger Federer will retire at the next week's Laver Cup. The 20-time Major champion will end his career after undergoing three knee surgeries in the last two and a half years, unable to play injury-free and continue his journey.
World no. 1 Carlos Alcaraz wished Roger all the best, saying he feels sorry about missing a chance to play an official match against the legend. Federer responded and congratulated Carlos on his first Major crown. The Spaniard conquered the US Open a week ago and became the first teenager with a Major title since Rafael Nadal in 2005!
Alcaraz earned 2000 points and conquered the ATP throne as the first teenager in ATP history. Carlos claimed two ATP 500 and two Masters 1000 titles this season to enter the top-4 and stand as one of the US Open favorites.
Roger Federer congratulated Carlos Alcaraz on his first Major title.
Alcaraz reached the quarter-final in New York a year ago, and he made sure to improve his run in the past two weeks.
Carlos had to dig deep to pass the first six obstacles and move into the title clash. The youngster was forced to play a five-setter in three consecutive matches, overcoming all the challenges and fending off a match point against Jannik Sinner in the quarter-final.
The Spaniard ousted Frances Tiafoe in a thrilling semi-final and set the clash against Casper Ruud. It was an important match for both, seeking the first Major title and the ATP throne! Alcaraz scored a 6-4, 2-6, 7-6, 6-3 triumph in three hours and 20 minutes to lift the trophy and write history.
Both players scored three breaks, and the Spaniard defended two set points at 5-6 in the fourth set to force a tie break and bring the victory home from there. Alcaraz claimed the opener with a single break, and the Norwegian took charge from 2-2 in set number two to rattle off four straight games and level the overall score.
Casper had two set points on the return at 5-6 in the third set, and Carlos saved them with winners to introduce a tie break. The youngster won it 7-1 and gained a massive boost ahead of the fourth. Alcaraz broke in the sixth game and served well in the rest of the clash to seal the deal and join tennis immortals.