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US Open final LIVE: Carlos Alcaraz vs Casper Ruud latest updates

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Carlos Alcaraz battles Casper Ruud as the next generation of men’s tennis arrives. The winner will make a breakthrough in the grand slams and also rise to No 1 in the world rankings in a fascinating final at Flushing Meadows in New York.

Alcaraz, the No 3 seed, battled past Frances Tiafoe over five gruelling sets, a third successive five-set match following brutal contests against Marin Cilic and Janik Sinner. While Ruud, the No 5 seed, had too much for Karen Khachanov and Matteo Berrettini in his impressive run to the final.

It is Ruud’s second final of 2022 after going down to Rafael Nadal in the French Open final, but he will need a first career win over the Spaniard having lost both previous contests, including the most recent match in Miami.

Follow live updates from what promises to be a captivating men’s singles final:

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Carlos Alcaraz 1-1 Casper Ruud*

Lovely passing shot by Ruud makes it 15-15 and Alcaraz then inexplicably finds the net when a forehand sits up as he comes forward for it. WOW! A return winner from Ruud as he jumps in the air to crunch a backhand straight down the line.

Two BREAK POINTS for the underdog and the first is SAVED by a big serve before the second is also SAVED when Ruud nets a return off another big first save. An ace out wide and then across-court forehand winner seals the hold. Both men have let break points slip in their opening games.

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*Carlos Alcaraz 0-1 Casper Ruud

Big, unreturned first serve from Ruud out wide – a good nerve settler to get him to 15-0. He then wins a lengthier rally for 30-0.

Alcaraz gets his first point of the final and then, when Ruud goes long it’s 30-30. Big backhand coming forward and it’s a BREAK POINT for the Spaniard. SAVED! Alcaraz goes just long.

Ooh, that’s not the time for a double fault – second BREAK POINT. Again SAVED as Alcaraz nets from the baseline. Ruud into the net on the next point and produces three brilliant defensive volleys before an overhead finds the court and Alcaraz nets. It’s game point and the Spaniard puts his return long!

Not exactly pretty for the Norwegian but there are no pictures on the scoreboard and he holds serve in the opening game.

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Carlos Alcaraz vs Casper Ruud

OK, we’re ready to go at Flushing Meadows. Casper Ruud to serve.

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Carlos Alcaraz vs Casper Ruud

Not sure if it was nerves but Ruud sprinted to the baseline from the net and had to be called back as there were still some pre-match formalities to complete. Lovely stuff!

Warm-up is underway now. Remember, Alcaraz leads their head to head 2-0 but a grand slam final is a different beast.

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Carlos Alcaraz vs Casper Ruud

The players will be out on the court of Arthur Ashe Stadium at Flushing Meadows imminently. In fact, here they come now.

Ruud is first to be introduced and he salutes the crowd. Carlos Alcaraz nexts out and the roars are even louder – it feels like he’s the crowd favourites.

Warm-ups upcoming and then we’ll be into the match itself.

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Casper Ruud laughs off comparisons with Erling Haaland in native Norway

Casper Ruud does not expect to match the popularity of Erling Haaland in his native Norway even if he beats Carlos Alcaraz to win the US Open and become world number one.

The climax to what has been an extraordinary grand slam tournament will be a straight shootout for a maiden major trophy for both men and top spot in the rankings.

Ruud is already the best player in his country’s history having picked up a love of the sport from his father Christian, who was a top-50 player in the 1990s.

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Casper Ruud into US Open final with win over Karen Khachanov

Casper Ruud defeated Karen Khachanov to reach his second grand slam final of the season at the US Open and move to within one result of taking over as world number one.

The Norwegian has not yet become a big name outside tennis but he has grown into one of the most consistent performers in the men’s game and made his first slam final at the French Open this year, losing to Rafael Nadal.

Clay is the 23-year-old’s best surface but he is catching up fast on hard courts and continued his excellent run in New York with a 7-6 (5) 6-2 5-7 6-2 win over Russian Khachanov.

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Carlos Alcaraz beats Frances Tiafoe to set up Casper Ruud fight for title and world No1 spot

Carlos Alcaraz will take on Casper Ruud for the US Open title and the world number one ranking after beating Frances Tiafoe in another five-set classic to reach his first grand slam final.

The 19-year-old is the youngest man to make a slam final since his fellow Spaniard Rafael Nadal won his maiden title at the French Open back in 2005.

Comparisons between the compatriots are inescapable and Alcaraz, who had battled for five sets beyond 2am in his previous two matches, showed Nadal-like powers of mental and physical endurance to recover and beat American Tiafoe 6-7 (6) 6-3 6-1 6-7 (5) 6-3.

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Alfie Hewett wins men’s wheelchair singles title

Some positive British news from Flushing Meadows, where Alfie Hewett has battled to men’s wheelchair singles glory. He denied Shingo Kunieda the calendar grand slam with a 7-6, 6-1 triumph

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Alcaraz and Ruud profiles

So who are Carlos Alcaraz and Casper Ruud? Here’s a little more info on each:

Best Previous US Open Result: QF (2021)

Best Previous Grand Slam Result: QF (2021 US Open, 2022 French Open)

Sets Played/Sets Lost: 24/6

Time Spent on Court: 20 hours, 20 minutes

Previous Best US Open Result: 3R (2020)

Best Grand Slam Result: F (2022 French Open)

Sets Played/Sets Lost: 23/5

Time Spent on Court: 18 hours, 46 minutes

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