US Open Final – Casper Ruud vs Carlos Alcaraz LIVE: All the Arthur Ashe action

Alcaraz fell to the ground after winning the decisive point of the match - and the tournament -

Carlos Alcaraz went from Spanish prince to king of world tennis tonight by winning the US Open and topping the rankings in one fell swoop.

The 19-year-old from Murcia is the youngest world number one in history, after beating Norwegian Casper Ruud 6-4 2-6 7-6 6-3 in three hours and 20 minutes.

Fleet of feet and thunder of thighs, Alcaraz has gone from number 32 at the start of the year to the top of the rankings.

Alcaraz fell to the ground after winning the decisive point of the match – and the tournament –

The 19-year-old faltered slightly in the second set but proved too strong in the end

The 19-year-old faltered slightly in the second set but proved too strong in the end

It's Alcaraz's first Grand Slam, and many more could be on the way if he keeps it up

It’s Alcaraz’s first Grand Slam, and many more could be on the way if he keeps it up

Alcaraz celebrated with his coach Juan Carlos Ferrero after winning the tournament

Alcaraz celebrated with his coach Juan Carlos Ferrero after winning the tournament

Carlos Alcaraz lifts the trophy at Arthur Ashe Stadium after winning the US Open

Carlos Alcaraz lifts the trophy at Arthur Ashe Stadium after winning the US Open

He emulates his coach, Juan Carlos Ferrero, and also Pete Sampras, who at the same age won the Open. Unlike Ferrero, he seems set to hold the position for much longer than eight weeks.

A game full of wonderful rallies all over the court pivoted in the tiebreaker, when Ruud seemed to be stalling with the game at his mercy. A flurry of fouls gifted it to Alcaraz, who had begun to look physically flat and tired after his earlier efforts in the tournament.

There was another flap as he served, but he closed out the match with an unstoppable service winner.

Casper Ruud put in a valiant effort but ultimately couldn't contain his talented opponent

Casper Ruud put in a valiant effort but ultimately couldn’t contain his talented opponent

The Norwegian is now world No.2 after reaching the finals in New York and France this year

The Norwegian is now world No.2 after reaching the finals in New York and France this year

Casper Ruud retains the runner-up trophy after falling to Alcaraz in four sets

Casper Ruud retains the runner-up trophy after falling to Alcaraz in four sets

It hadn’t taken Ruud long to discover that he was the second favorite among the crowd.

Steady rain throughout the day had meant the roof would be closed, and the first impact was to catch the roar that went up as the young Spaniard took to the track.

Not that Arthur Ashe Stadium was hostile to the suave Norwegian, but there was clearly a desire to see history recorded by the teenager.

Both players were nervous and error-prone in the early stages, with break points created by both sides. It was also obvious that this match was going to feature a sensational recovery from two of the fastest athletes on the tour.

Alcaraz made it 2-1 when his deep return forced the Scandan to tip a backhand into the tram tracks.

The two exchanged a hug after the grueling match of three hours and two minutes

The two exchanged a hug after the grueling match of three hours and two minutes

Alcaraz is the youngest world No. 1 in tennis history and won't turn 20 until May

Alcaraz is the youngest world No. 1 in tennis history and won’t turn 20 until May

If the Spaniard has a weakness it is that he still wants to get close and take the lead back, but amid some brilliant efforts he held the lead to take the first set.

When he did it was, incredibly, the 65th consecutive tour match in which he had won at least one set in a match.

The Spaniard lost some consistency in the second and 2-3 was broken when Ruud went inside to hit a brilliant backhand. He was in trouble again when he was broken to lose the set, with Norwegian’s serve, one of the most underrated shots on the ATP Tour, holding him steady.

Then came another abrupt change, with a series of backhand errors from Ruud allowing Alcaraz to stem the tide with a break of serve at the start of the third.

Had the teenager taken another chance in the third game, it would surely have been his. Instead, he allowed his opponent to level when he blasted a backhand into the net, with some of his game suggesting that the previous five sets were finally catching up to him.

This accounted for dropshots that were unusually lacking in his deft touch, and his feet were less electric than often seen.

Ruud had two set points at 6-5 against the serve, one of which was saved with a brilliant lay volley. The crowd roared their approval at the quick-fire net exchanges, but the tiebreaker was all about the Norwegian’s sudden poor play.

Knowing the match was there for the taking, he blinked. Twice he hit back from 1-0 down and a flurry of errors saw him submit to a tired but determined opponent, who took the next seven points.

Ruud said he was happy with his No. 2 position but would continue to chase the No. 1 spot

Ruud said he was happy with his No. 2 position but would continue to chase the No. 1 spot

The pair show off their silver after the Open final

The pair show off their silver after the Open final

That set the pace back for the Spaniard, who forced a critical break at 3-2 when Ruud missed one over and then sent a backhand long.

Alcaraz becomes the youngest Grand Slam champion since Rafael Nadal in 2005. Ruud is runner-up for the second time after the French Open, but rises to world number two:

‘Things went very well, today was a special night, we knew what we were playing for. It is correct that the two finalists are number u and number two. I’m disappointed I’m not number one, but number two isn’t too bad either.”

After acknowledging the importance of 9/11, like Ruud, an emotional Alcaraz said: “It’s something I’ve dreamed about since I was little. I worked really hard for it, there are a lot of emotions right now, it’s very special for to me.

My mother and grandfather are not here, I was thinking about them, many of my family could not come here. I’m a little tired, I always say it’s not time to be tired, you have to give everything on the court, it’s something I work a lot on.”

To see how the match unfolded, read the live blog below from Sportsmail’s Jake Nisse.

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