US Open: 'Number two is not too bad either,' says Ruud

By Sports Desk September 11, 2022

Casper Ruud was understandably disappointed to miss out on the US Open title and the world number one spot, but he vowed to continue his pursuit of a major breakthrough.

Ruud played his second grand slam final of the season at Flushing Meadows on Sunday, yet that match ended in the same manner as his French Open defeat to Rafael Nadal.

The Norwegian, who would have led the rankings had he taken the title, went down 6-4 2-6 7-6 (7-1) 6-3 to Carlos Alcaraz, who instead himself became the youngest ever number one.

It was the first major final played between two men looking to become number one for the first time.

Ruud was bidding to make the biggest leap to the top of the rankings, having previously been the world number seven.

It was not to be, but the 23-year-old's reward for his form in New York was number two – a fine consolation prize.

"It's tough to explain everything," Ruud said, reflecting on his season. "Things have been going so well. I'm so excited for it.

"Today was a special evening. Both Carlos and I knew what we were playing for, we knew what was at stake.

"It's fun that both finalists would be number two and number one tomorrow. I think it's fitting.

"I'm disappointed, of course, that I'm not number one, but number two is not too bad either. I will continue to chase for my first grand slam and the number one ranking."

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