Carlos Alcaraz speaks with CNN after US Open win.
(CNN) — Carlos Alcaraz has won this year’s U.S. Open after beating Andy Roddick 3-6, 6-2, 6-4, for his first Grand Slam singles title.
Alcaraz became the first man since Rod Laver in 1969 to become a Grand Slam champion, the first Hispanic man to do so since the sport began in 1968.
He became a double Grand Slam champion at the same time as the first African-American man to do so, as well winning the title of a top-10 player and second major singles title of his career. He became just the second man after Pete Sampras to win a year’s end-of-year title, following Andy Roddick in 2004.
But in the final, Alcaraz got to play the very first set against Roddick, and that was the match that made him the most famous player ever to win the American Open, the largest Grand Slam tournament on his resume.
After Roddick took a set and a break on serve to serve out the match, Alcaraz was up at 3-3 with a break in the second set, but Roddick, the player he beat in the opening set, took 2 set and 6 break victories in a row to close the set for the only time in his career.
Andy Roddick became the first man since Rod Laver in 1969 to become a Grand Slam champion, the first Hispanic man to do so since the sport began in 1968.
Alcaraz had won five ATP titles and 19 singles grand slams in his career. He was the 2007 runner-up at the U.S. Open for the Davis Cup, and the 2010 finalist.
“I played a very good match and I enjoyed it,” he said. “It was very nice to come back strong and see Andy go down. I had been waiting a month for this year’s tournament and now I would like to bring home a trophy for the fans in the United States.”
Alcaraz won at this event in the first year of the U.S. Open format in 1996.
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“I love Andy Roddick,” he told reporters after the match. “I have a lot of