ANKARA – Spanish tennis sensation Carlos Alcaraz won the 2022 US Open men's singles title Sunday and claimed his maiden Grand Slam title and world No. 1 ranking.

Alcaraz, 19, beat his fifth-seeded Norwegian opponent Casper Ruud with sets of 6-4, 2-6, 7-6 (7-1), 6-3 at New York City's Arthur Ashe Stadium.

The Spanish teen drew first blood, taking the opening set, 6-4, in the final.

But Ruud, 23, tied the match with an impressive, 6-2, in the second game.

With massive efforts, Alcaraz took the third set to the tiebreak after it ended 6-6.

Alcaraz won the tiebreaker 7-1 and led the clash 2-1 against Ruud.

Confident in the fourth set, Alcaraz made it 6-3, in winning his first-ever major title.

Alcaraz was handed the championship trophy and USD2.6 million in prize money.

Meanwhile, Ruud has become the second seed in men's singles and returned home with USD1.3 million.

Ruud previously reached the final in the 2022 French Open (Roland Garros) in June. (Anadolu)