Carlos Alcaraz v Casper Ruud: US Open tennis 2022 men’s final – live! | US Open Tennis 2022

Key events

*Alcaraz 0-1 Ruud (* – denotes next server)

The Norwegian opens with a service winner and gets to 30-0, but it goes downhill quickly from there, and he faces break point after Alcaraz attacks his second serve. Alcaraz hits long in high-powered baseline rally, and we’re at deuce. This is going to be another five-hour match, isn’t it?

A double fault gives Alcaraz another break point, but Ruud serves well and maintains the initiative in the ensuing rally to fend it off.

Ruud comes to the net on the next point, and then it gets interesting. Alcaraz defends multiple attempts to put the game away but can’t find the great lob he used against Tiafoe, and Alcaraz finally hits into the net. Ruud holds from there.

First celebrity on the wires: US musician Questlove.
First celebrity on the wires: US musician Questlove. Photograph: Jason Szenes/EPA

Want some great visuals from the Open? Check The Guardian’s gallery:

The most surprising of these photos: A Spotted Lanternfly, which is an invasive species in the US. As are half the plants in my yard.

And one last comment on broadcasting in the UK: Leslee Rainbird says to check Amazon Prime.

Ruud will serve. Off we go…

Celebrity predictions

Who’ll get some airtime on ESPN or pop up in wire photos?

A few predictions on my end…

Lindsey Vonn (Alpine skiing), almost certainly. She’s a big fan.

michelle obama (former first lady), maybe. Did she stick around after being here earlier in the week?

bill clinton (former president), unlikely.

Spike Lee (director), unlikely. Have we seen him since Serena Williams lost?

Billie Jean King (tennis legend, venue namesake), absolutely.

Serena Williams (tennis legend), unlikely.

pete davidson (former Saturday Night Live cast member, celebrity boyfriend), wild card. I don’t think he has been there this week, but why not? He’s as New York as they get.

Paul Simon (singer/songwriter). I’ll say maybe.

Anyone else?

Head to head…

Ruud was in another final earlier this year at the 1000-level (that’s good) final in Miami, losing in straight sets to … Alcaraz.

They also played on clay last year, with Alcaraz winning that one as well.

Prematch interview with Casper Ruud, and the question has something to do with the fact that he was also in the final at Roland Garros. He doesn’t offer too much other than it’s been a great year.

Carlos Alcaraz is asked about the prospect of being the youngest player to take the No. 1 spot and about how he has said he has “no time to be tired” after his epic matches thus far. He agrees.

National anthem time. The USA’s, that is. Not Norway’s or Spain’s. Do they do this at Wimbledon, Roland Garros or the Australian Open? Just curious.

Aiden Doyle answers: “Download the US Open app and there is a radio stream on there. Works in the UK and the commentary is excellent.”

I already have mail, a simple request for information on a UK radio broadcast of this men’s final. Can someone who isn’t in the United States help?

If you’d like to reach me during this match, please do email me. I may occasionally check Twitter as well.

A general question on the Davis Cup, Billie Jean King Cup (formerly Fed Cup) and Olympics: US collegiate tennis, which attracts a considerable number of international players as well as Americans, has a team format with six singles players and three doubles teams. The double matches are played first, and which team wins two of the three matches collects a point. Each singles match is also worth a point.

Would that be a better format that what we have now in the Davis and Billie Jean King cups? Would a team format make the Olympics more interesting?

Or how about the format for World Team Tennis (which is taking 2022 off)? That has men’s and women’s singles, men’s and women’s doubles, and mixed doubles, all playing one set to five rather than six, with each game worth a point in the team score. (A shutout would therefore be 25-0.)

In other events …

Women’s doubles has just concluded, with Barbora Krejcikova and Katerina Siniakova of the Czech Republic defeating the USA’s Taylor Townsend and Caty McNally 3-6, 7-5, 6-1.

Men’s wheelchair singles also wrapped today, with second seed Alfie Hewitt of Britain defeating top seed Shingo Kunieda of Japan.

The top seeds are also meeting in the women’s wheelchair singles at Louis Armstrong Stadium, with Japan’s Yui Kamji leading the Netherlands’ Diede de Groot. Later on at Armstrong, it’s another matchup of top two seeds in quad singles – an all-Netherlands matchup of 19-year-old Niels Vink and Sam Schroder.

Vink and Schroder teamed up earlier to win the quad doubles event. We had another case of double partners in the singles final in boys wheelchair events, with 17-year-old Ben Bartram of Norwich defeating 17-year-old Dahnon Ward of Keyworth in singles but teaming up to win the doubles event.

Other winners in New York:

  • Women’s singles: Iga Swiatek (Poland)

  • Men’s doubles: Rajeev Ram (USA)/Joe Salisbury (UK)

  • Mixed doubles: Storm Sanders/John Peers (Australia)

Barbora Krejcikova (right) and Katerina Siniakova celebrate their women's doubles win.
Barbora Krejcikova (right) and Katerina Siniakova celebrate their women’s doubles win. Photograph: Al Bello/Getty Images

How they got here…

Ruud cruised past Britain’s Kyle Edmundbeat Tim van Rijthoven in four sets, then needed four hours and 23 minutes to beat the USA’s Tommy Paul – and that was with a 6-0 fifth set. His fourth-round win over France’s Corentin Moutet was a bit quicker – 6-1, 6-2, 6-7, 6-2. Ruud followed that with a straight-set win over Italy’s Matteo Berrettini in the quarter-finals and solid three-hour win over Karen Khachanovspoiling the run of the man who spoiled Nick Kyrgios‘ run in the quarter-finals.

Alcaraz scaled El Capitan, solved Fermat’s Last Theorem, brokered lasting peace in the Middle East and defeated home-national favorite Frances Tiafoe.

At least it seems as if his feats in the early rounds have been this arduous. He opened with straight-set wins over a pair of Argentinians – Sebastian Baez and Federico Coria – and beat 21-year-old American Jenson Brooksby.

Then it got interesting:

3 hours and 54 minutes to beat Croatia’s Marin Cilic 6-4, 3-6, 6-4, 4-6, 6-3.

5 hours and 15 minutes to beat Italy’s Jannik Sinner 6-3, 6-7, 6-7, 7-5, 6-3.

4 hours and 19 minutes to beat the USA’s Frances Tiafoe 6-7, 6-3, 6-1, 6-7, 6-3.

He’s still just 19, which means he has spent roughly half his life on the court at Arthur Ashe Stadium.

Who’s No. 1?

We’ll know in about two hours. Or three. Or five. Probably by midnight, anyway.

If you don’t know the names Casper Ruud and Carlos Alcaraz — well, first of all, you’ve missed a great tournament. But moving forward, you certainly WILL know these names, and you should start by knowing that the winner today will take not only US Open title but the top ranking in the world.

Alcaraz looks like the face of the future. He’s only 19, but he already has a dizzying array of shots and a bottomless gas tank.

(Wait — isn’t a bottomless gas tank a bad thing? Wouldn’t that be a big spill? And why use fossil fuels at all? Maybe a self-recharging battery?)

Ruud, though, is far more than a speed bump on the way to Alcaraz’s ascension. He has nine career titles, though eight are on clay. This matchup will surely recur many times over the years, especially at Roland Garros.

So get comfortable, order some pizza (New York-style, of course, in honor of the occasion — but also because Chicago-style pizza is actually a casserole) and follow along as this breathtaking tournament draws to a conclusion.

Sal Finocchiaro prepares pizza at Palermo Pizzeria and Restaurant, which he co-owns, on Staten Island in New York.
Sal Finocchiaro prepares pizza at Palermo Pizzeria and Restaurant, which he co-owns, on Staten Island in New York. Photograph: Andrew Kelly/Reuters

Beau will be here shortly. In the meantime, here’s Tumaini Carayol on what is likely to be an absorbing contest:

Over the course of an intense, chaotic and wildly entertaining US Open semi-final between Carlos Alcaraz and Frances Tiafoe, as their combined creativity, athleticism and joy merged to create entertainment in its purest form, Alcaraz absorbed so many blows. He conceded a difficult first set tiebreak with a double fault, then after establishing his dominance, he couldn’t hold on. Alcaraz continually lost his serve, failed to take a match point and found himself in a fifth set.

There were so many moments when the momentum could have dangerously shifted, but no matter how the match twisted, he maintained his intensity until the end. Across the three consecutive five-set battles that have led him to the final, this resilience has been his defining characteristic. It will make him so hard to put away as he faces Casper Ruud for the men’s US Open title on Sunday.

Together, they have engineered a fascinating scenario that marks a stark contrast to the years of dominance by the big three. Not only will Ruud and Alcaraz compete for their first grand slam title in the final, but the world No 1 ranking is also on the line. It is rare enough for players to reach the world summit for the first time after winning a slam. The most recent occurrence in the men’s game coming when Novak Djokovic won Wimbledon in 2011, his third major.

The obstacles for Ruud are clearly numerous. Despite reaching his second grand slam final of the season, Ruud has never beaten a top-10 opponent at a grand slam tournament – ​​what a time it would be to finally do so. They faced each other in a big final earlier this year at the Miami Open, a first Masters 1000 final for both, and although Alcaraz still had not yet broken the top 15, he won in two tight sets.

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