Carlos Alcaraz vs. Casper Ruud result, score and highlights as Spanish teenager wins US Open final

Carlos Alcaraz is the youngest-ever world No.1 after winning his first Grand Slam title at the US Open 2022.

The 19-year-old outlasted a valiant Casper Ruud 6-4 2-6 7-6(1) 6-3 in a three hours and 20 minutes epic at Arthur Ashe Stadium.

Alcaraz started the better of the two players, nicking a break to win the first set.

But Ruud struck back in the second, comfortably getting on top and snaring two breaks to level the contest.

It looked as if Ruud was going to run away with the match in the third set, but he couldn’t get the break.

Despite Alcaraz looking tired and off-the-boil, the Spaniard hung in there and then produced a stunning tiebreak to go up two sets to one.

Buoyed by getting ahead in the match, Alcaraz used that energy to get the job done in the fourth set, creating history as the youngest ever top-ranked player – eclipsing Lleyton Hewitt.

Norwegian star Ruud produced a moment of superb sportsmanship in the first set and will hope to build on making two Grand Slam finals in 2022 – after losing the French Open to Rafael Nadal.

The Sporting News followed the final and provided live score updates, highlights and commentary for the match below.

Carlos Alcaraz vs. Casper Ruud final score

  1st Set 2nd Set 3rd Set 4th Set
(3) Carlos Alcaraz [ESP] 6 2 7(7) 6
(5) Casper Ruud [NOR] 4 6 6(1) 3

Carlos Alcaraz vs. Casper Ruud live blog, updates, highlights

Game, set, championship Carlos Alcaraz 6-4 2-6 7-6(1) 6-3: The 19-year-old aces the first point. Gets the second on a volley. 30-0. TWO POINTS AWAY. He misses an easy smash. 30-15. He hits an ace to earn two championship points. Alcaraz goes long on the first. 40-30. ALCARAZ WINS WITH AN UNRETURNED SERVE. HE IS WORLD NO.1!

Fourth set – Ruud holds, Alcaraz leads 5-3: Alcaraz nets first point. 15-0. The Norwegian gets the next easily too. 30-0. An unreturned serve. 40-0. Ruud holds to love. ALCARAZ TO SERVE FOR THE TITLE!

Fourth set – Alcaraz holds 5-2: Ruud gets the first point with a huge defensive effort. 0-15. The teen then misses a volley. 0-30. Huge look for Ruud. Alcaraz smashes a winner to relieve some pressure. 15-30. He then hits an ace. Clutch. 30-30. Huge point. Another ace gets game point. What an effort under pressure. Alcaraz holds. ONE GAME AWAY.

Fourth set – Alcaraz breaks 4-2: Alcaraz makes a quality backhand to go 0-15. Ruud fights back 15-15. Alcaraz blasts a winner. Has a look at 15-30. But he sprays a forehand. 30-30. Ruud misses a smash. Break point for the teen. Alcaraz gets the break. EIGHT POINTS AWAY.

Fourth set – Alcaraz holds 3-2: A quick service game for Carlos. Gets to 40-0, Ruud pulls one back but Alcaraz holds and cries out in celebration.

Fourth set – STAT: These two players have played 222 points. It’s 111-111. Wow.

Fourth set – Ruud holds 2-2: First two points are traded. A huge Ruud forehand can’t be returned. 30-15. A kick serve then earns two game points for the Norwegian. Ruud belts an ace and holds to 15.

Fourth set – Alcaraz holds 2-1: The Spanish wonderkid earns the first two points on his serve. He belts a winner long. 30-15. A huge serve/winner combo gets two game points. And an ace snares the hold. 

Fourth set – Ruud holds 1-1: A second serve ace gets Ruud to 30-15. He desperately needs a hold. His deft volley wins the next point. 40-15. The Norwegian secures the hold. On serve early.

Fourth set – STAT: Alcaraz has won 15 of the last 20 points. He has all the momentum.

Fourth set – Alcaraz holds 1-0: Ruud comes out firing first point. Belts a winner. 0-15. Alcaraz goes wide. 0-30. The teenager pulls a point back. 15-30. He comes to the net and swats a winner for 30-30. Ruud misses a shot and it’s game point for Alcaraz. He holds. Important from 0-30.

Third set – Alcaraz wins the tiebreak 7-1 and the set 7-6: Incredible. The teenager blitzes and takes a set lead. He is one set away from a slam title and being world No.1 WOW.

Third set – Alcaraz leads tiebreak 4-1: A double mini-break for Alcaraz. He is running away with the breaker.

Third set: Ruud to start the breaker. Serves an ace. 1-0.

Third set – Alcaraz holds 6-6: Both players split the first two points. 15-15. Ruud nets a return. 30-15. He sprays a forehand. 30-30. This a massive point. What a forehand winner by Ruud. SET POINT. Alcaraz comes to the net and saves it. Wow. Deuce. Ruud hits one too deep. Advantage Alcaraz. Ruud makes an amazing forehand winner. Deuce. Alcaraz comes to the net well. Advantage the Spaniard. However, he blasts wide the next point. Deuce. Ruud makes a huge forehand return. SET POINT. Alcaraz saves it at the net again. The teen gets his own game point. But he misses the pick-up volley. Deuce. Ruud nets. ‘Ad’ to Carlos. Alcaraz holds. LET’S GO TO A BREAKER – HUGE!

Third set – Ruud holds 6-5: Ruud wins a scramble at the net in an incredible net. And then the next. 30-0. Ruud holds to love. Comfortable. He earns at least a breaker.

Third set – Alcaraz holds 5-5: Ruud plays a huge return to get 0-15. But Alcaraz gets the next point with a brilliant defensive winner. The Spanish talent smashes a forehand winner. 30-15. Ruud misses a return. 40-15. Alcaraz holds after making a great chase down.

Third set – Ruud holds 5-4: Alcaraz sprays a forehand long. 15-0. He can’t return the first serve. 30-0. But he gets the next point at the net. 30-15. Ruud goes long and the pressure comes. 30-30. Ruud wins an amazing point. Wow. Both players putting on a show here. 40-30. Ruud makes a bad miss. Deuce. Alcaraz misses the drop. And Ruud then holds.

Third set – Alcaraz holds 4-4: Ruud lands a magnificent backhand on the line and Alcaraz can’t get the tweener in. 0-15. The Spaniard levels it up. He goes wide next point to give Ruud a look. 15-30. Alcaraz cries ‘c’mon’ as he belts winner. 30-30. An unreturned serve earns game point. The teen gets there. He is pumped.

Third set: This set is huge. Ruud is on top. It will be massive whoever can get the advantage.

Third set – Ruud holds 4-3: The Norwegian nabs the first two points. He pumps his fist. Alcaraz nets. 40-0. Ruud secures the easy hold. He hits a double fault. 40-15. Ruud gets there. 

Third set – Alcaraz holds 3-3: The teenager gets himself to 40-0. He needs a comfortable game. Needs momentum. Ruud gets one back. 40-15. Ruud goes long and Alcaraz holds.

Third set – Ruud holds 3-2: Ruud goes long to start the game. 0-15. But he blasts Alcaraz off the court to get it back to 15-15. Ruud comes to the net for a solid volley winner. 30-15. He is well on top right now. Ruud belts a forehand winner. 40-15. Alcaraz goes long and Ruud edges ahead.

Third set – Ruud breaks 2-2: An excellent serve-winner combination earns Alcaraz the first point. Ruud gets one back in behind Alcaraz once again. The teen comes to the net but misses the angle volley. 15-30 – a look for Ruud. Alcaraz nets and it’s two break back points for the Norway star. Alcaraz saves one. But he nets the second. BACK ON SERVE!

Third set – Ruud holds, Alcaraz leads 2-1: Alcaraz gets the first point. He is flying with confidence at the moment. He nets the next point. 15-15. Alcaraz tries the drop but it’s short. 30-15. The Spanish star pulls off a magnificent lob winner to make it 30-30. Ruud just misses a ripped winner and it’s break point Alcaraz. Ruud saves it in behind the Spaniard. Deuce. Ruud survives a break point to hold. 

Third set – Alcaraz holds 2-0: The teenager gets to 30-0 without any trouble. He is up-and-about now. 40-0. Ruud wins an incredible point with a drop half-volley. 40-15. An ace secures the hold for Alcaraz however.

Third set – Alcaraz breaks 1-0: Alcaraz heaps the pressure on Ruud early. Gets 0-30 straight away. Ruud goes wide and it’s 0-40. Ruud scrambles hard to get one back. Alcaraz just misses the tough volley. 30-40. But a class drop shot gets Alcaraz the break. HE IS NOT TIRED!

Third set: Is Alcaraz getting tired? He seemed to be playing a lot of drop shots that set. And getting frustrated? He is star though. This set is HUGE! Ruud to serve.

Second set – Ruud breaks to win 6-2 : The teen needs to hold to stay in the set. He gets it to 30-15. A double fault makes it 30-30. He forces Ruud to hit wide and it’s game point. However, he blasts a forehand wide. Deuce. Set point for the Norwegian after an Alcaraz error. Ruud nets and we are back to deuce. A double fault gives another chance to Ruud. WE ARE LEVEL AT ARTHUR ASHE!

Second set – Ruud holds 5-2: Ruud gets tight. He nets an easy forehand. 15-30 after the first two points traded. Ruud gets lucky with a let cord to get it back to 30-30. However, he goes long and Alcaraz gets a break point. Ruud saves it and we are at deuce. The teen makes a bad miss and is frustrated. Screams at himself. Ruud holds with a huge smash. One game away from levelling the match. 

Second set – Ruud breaks 4-2: Brute force sees Alcaraz win first point. An incredible point sees Ruud win at the net. Wow. 30-15. Alcaraz makes an error and it’s 30-30. Ruud snares another break point. An incredible point and Ruud snares the break. The quality points are coming!

Second set – Ruud holds 3-2: Ruud hustles hard to force an Alcaraz error after losing the first point. 15-15. Alcaraz just misses a drop shot. 30-15. Ruud blasts his own winner. 40-15. The Spaniard executes an excellent pass. 40-30. Alcaraz takes advantage of a second serve. Deuce. Alcaraz gets a break point with a winner. But a huge serve from Ruud saves it. The Norwegian survives the trouble to hold.

Second set – Alcaraz holds 2-2: After losing the first point, Alcaraz comfortably reels off the next three to make it 40-15. Alcaraz keeps hitting his first serve in. Hasn’t missed one this set. He gets the game.

Second set: Ruud has held serve quite comfortably throughout this contest, except when he was broken early in the first set.

Second set – Ruud holds 2-1: Alcaraz hits it long and then Ruud closes in at the net. 30-0. The Spaniard bats a return long. 40-0. And then the teen clubs a forehand wide. Easy hold for Ruud.

Second set – Alcaraz holds 1-1: Two quality serves gets the first two points for Alcaraz. And another great delivery makes it 40-0. Alcaraz holds to love.

Second set – Ruud holds 1-0: Ruud is immediately under pressure at 30-30. He goes behind Alcaraz to hit a great winner. 40-30. And he gets the crucial first hold.

Second set: Ruud to serve.

First set – Alcaraz holds to win 6-4: Alcaraz serves and volleys twice to get the first two points. Ruud nets and it’s three set points for the teen. And that’s the first set to the wonderkid. What a start by Alcaraz! First set decided by one break.

First set – Ruud holds, Alcaraz leads 5-4: The Norway star races to a 30-0 lead. Alcaraz fails to return and it’s 40-0. Ruud gets there and will make Alcaraz serve out the first set.

First set – Alcaraz holds 5-3: Great sportsmanship by Ruud. He admits a ball bounced twice. It would have been his point. 15-0. An Alcaraz error sees it move to 15-15. Another mistake. 15-30. A look for Ruud here. Alcaraz smashes an ace. 30-30. His net coverage earns a game point. The teenager gets through a pressure moment to hold.

First set – Ruud holds, Alcaraz leads 4-3: Ruud crafts together two good points to go 30-0 up. Alcaraz just misses an angled return off the second serve. Ruud is forced to try a tweener but it balloons wide. He holds to 15 after the Spaniard nets.

First set – Alcaraz holds 4-2: The teenager wins an excellent net point to start. He blasts wide on the second. 15-15. Ruud slices back but Alcaraz comes in to swat another net winner. He moves so well. 30-15. A Ruud error makes it 40-15. Alcaraz nets. 40-30. An ace seals the game.

First set – Ruud holds, Alcaraz leads 3-2: The Norwegian races to 30-0 lead. He desperately needs a game here with the Spanish talent winning three in a row. Ruud holds to love. His first easy service game.

First set – Alcaraz holds 3-1: Alcaraz has definitely started the better player. His power game is up-and-running early. He gets 30-0 up but Ruud wins an extraordinary point with both players scrambling at the net. Alcaraz’s misses a drop shot. 30-30. And great court coverage earns Ruud a break-back point. But it’s saved. The world No.3 gets the job done.

First set – Alcaraz breaks 2-1: The Spaniard dazzles with quality tennis to get 0-40 up. Both players seem nervous on serve. Alcaraz blasts a forehand wide. 15-40. But the teen gets the break with Ruud error on the second chance.

First set – STAT: Alcaraz and Ruud have both saved two break points each in the first two games.

First set – Alcaraz holds 1-1: Ruud executes a brilliant pass to make it 15-15. And then Alcaraz nets a running volley to give Ruud an early look at 15-30. Ruud smashes a return winner and it’s two break points. Alcaraz saves one with a quality serve. And Ruud nets the return for the second. Deuce. A huge serve and and a Ruud mistake and Alcaraz holds.

First set – Ruud holds 1-0: An unreturned serve gives Ruud the first point. Alcaraz goes wide for 30-0. He looks nervous early. Two Ruud errors gives the teenager his first points. 30-30. And just like that, Alcaraz has a break point. He hits it long and it’s deuce. Ruud double fault and it’s another chance for the Spaniard. But he nets. The Norwegian manages to hold. Tough game for him straight away.

First set: We are underway. Ruud to serve.

Pre-match: This is Ruud’s second Grand Slam final in 2022 after losing to Rafael Nadal in the French Open.

Pre-match: Alcaraz’s last three matches have all been five-set epics – will his teenage body be able to handle another long contest?

Pre-match: The players have entered the court and are warming up. We should be starting in five minutes or so.

Pre-match: It’s just gone 4pm local time and Arthur Ashe Stadium is filling up here. The US national anthem is being performed with the players soon to enter the court.

Pre-match: The match is scheduled to start at 4pm local time (ET) but will likely commence around 10 minutes after this time. 

Pre-match: Both players are in form heading into this encounter but one is a firm betting favourite. Check out our odds preview of the final here. 

Pre-match: Hello and welcome to The Sporting News’ live coverage of the US Open men’s final between Carlos Alcaraz and Casper Ruud. 

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Carlos Alcaraz vs. Casper Ruud head-to-head results

Year Winner Score Event Stage
2022 Alcaraz 7-5 6-4 Miami Open  F
2021 Alcaraz 6-2 6-4 Marbella QF

What time is Carlos Alcaraz vs. Casper Ruud?

Court times are an estimate and subject to change. The women’s doubles final will be played on Arthur Ashe prior but is unlikely to cause any delay to the men’s singles final. 

  UK USA Canada Australia
Date Sunday, September 11 Sunday, September 11 Sunday, September 11 Monday, September 12
Time 21:00 BST 16:00 ET 16:00 ET 06:00 AEST

How to watch Carlos Alcaraz vs. Casper Ruud in the US Open 2022 men’s final

  UK USA Canada Australia
TV channel ESPN TSN 1/4 9Gem
Streaming Amazon Prime ESPN+ TSN.ca 9Now, Stan Sport

UK: Amazon Prime customers in the UK can watch the action on Prime Video for no additional fees.

Non-Prime members can take a 30-day free trial of Prime for £7.99 per month or £79 a year. If you just want Prime Video, that costs £5.99 a month.

US: The US Open men’s singles final will be carried by ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNews, ESPN+ and Tennis Channel. The match can be streamed on ESPN+, the ESPN app and fuboTV, which offers a free trial.

Canada: TSN will carry the final in Canada, with TSN.ca and the TSN app providing live streaming options.

Australia: 9Now will provide a telecast of 9Gem’s US Open coverage and is free to use online. 

Stan Sport, meanwhile, will show the final ad-free on their streaming platform with replays, mini matches and highlights also set to be available. The streaming servive which is also the home of the UEFA Champions League this season, offers free seven-day trials for new users and costs an extra $10 a month on top of a standard Stan subscription. 

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