The US Open Men’s Final is set for this Sunday. It will feature the Norwegian Casper Ruud vs the 19-year-old Carlos Alcaraz. After defeating the underdog American, Frances Tiafoe, in the semifinal, Carlos Alcaraz now becomes the story in the final.
Alcaraz will be looking to become the first teenager to win a major since Rafael Nadal at the 2005 French Open. Casper Ruud will be standing in his way, as the Norwegian will be attempting to bring home his first career Grand Slam. Ruud was a finalist in this year’s French Open but lost in straight sets to Nadal.
The Teenage Hype Train
Carlos Alcaraz was born in a small town in Spain. His father ran a tennis academy, which helped draw Alcaraz closer to the sport. From an early age, Alcaraz knew he wanted to be the best. He’ll have a chance to get there on Sunday, as he attempts to win his first Grand Slam title.
The Spanish sensation gained attention last year after reaching the quarterfinals in the US Open. He’s gone past that stage this year, and he’ll be the favorite to win on Sunday, with -235 odds.
Alcaraz has produced highlight reel after highlight reel during this year’s US Open run. With the whole crowd pulling for Tiafoe, Alcaraz provided a sensational moment in the first set’s tie break where he hit a forehand winner down the line during a long rally.
Expect to see even more magic from Alcaraz in Sunday’s finale.
Casper Ruud’s Run
Casper Ruud’s toughest matchup was in the third round when he went the distance against American Tommy Paul. Three of the sets in that match went to a tiebreak, with Ruud capturing two of them. Ruud was able to deliver a bagel in the final set to advance to the Round of 16.
A final’s run seemed plausible, when Ruud defeated world #13 Matteo Berrettini in straight sets to advance to the semifinals. Shockingly, Ruud won this match without picking up a single ace.
Ruud, 23, went on to beat Karen Khachanov in four sets, to advance to his second Grand Slam Final in the calendar year.
He’ll have a tough test going up against the red-hot Alcaraz. The two have faced each other twice with Alcaraz getting the better of Ruud each time. They met most recently in the Miami Open Final back in April, where Alcaraz was able to win in straight sets.
How To Bet On This Grand Slam Final
Avoid betting on the moneyline in this matchup. You can give yourself much better value by looking at other popular bets.
Alcaraz has been battle-tested and continues to show resiliency during his run. However, he’s had to go five sets in his last three matchups, with one of them even ending at 3 AM. Don’t expect Ruud to falter the way he did in the French Open Final. You can take Alcaraz to win the match and for both players to win a set for the much better odds of +126.
If you’re looking for longer odds then take a look at the over/under for 1.5 total tiebreaks. Alcaraz has needed two tiebreaks in each of his last two matchups. It seems like Ruud goes to a tiebreak in every match he plays, even while only going three or four sets. The odds for the over are +260, while the under is -380. Take the over.
In case this matchup needed any more juice, whoever wins will rise to world #1. Tune in to see who will take home their first Grand Slam title, and to watch the future of tennis go to work.
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