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Alcaraz Wins US Open, Becomes Youngest World Number One

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Spanish teenager Carlos Alcaraz claimed his maiden Grand Slam title at the US Open on Sunday and became the youngest man to ascend to the world number one ranking.

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The 19-year-old dragged his weary body to a 6-4, 2-6, 7-6 (7/1), 6-3 victory over Norway’s Casper Ruud in the final.

Alcaraz, the first teenager to claim the top ranking, is the youngest Grand Slam men’s champion since Rafael Nadal at the 2005 French Open after a performance that yielded 55 winners and 14 aces.

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On a day of landmarks, he is also the youngest champion in New York since Pete Sampras in 1990.

It was a gruelling tournament for Alcaraz who claimed the record for most time spent on the court at a single Grand Slam event, passing the 23 hours and 21 minutes it took Kevin Anderson to finish runner-up at Wimbledon in 2018.

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Defeat for Ruud, who was also vying for the world number one ranking, was his second in a Slam final this year after he was routed by Nadal in the French Open.

With the roof closed, the Arthur Ashe Stadium crowd observed a moving moment’s silence on the 21st anniversary of the September 11 attacks before the final got off to a tentative start.

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Both men saved break points in their opening service games before Alcaraz gained the only break of the first set for a key 3-1 lead.

Ruud dropped the set but triumphed in terms of sportsmanship when he called a double bounce on himself in the eighth game, conceding the point to the Spaniard.

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Alcaraz served it out to love and a one-set lead courtesy of his 13 winners to six for the Norwegian.

The Spanish teenager, who went into the final with a 2-0 winning record over Ruud, squandered a break point at 2-2 in the second set.

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Ruud made him pay, edging ahead for 4-2 and then levelling the final on a second set point after another careless Alcaraz drop-shot opened the court invitingly for the Norwegian.

At that moment, Alcaraz had been on court at the tournament for almost 22 hours, passing the mark set by Andy Murray when the Briton claimed the 2012 title.

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He was ahead for 2-0 in the third set before Ruud hit back.

The 23-year-old Norwegian had two set points in an 11-minute 12th game but was unable to convert as Alcaraz put away inch-perfect back-to-back volleys.

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Alcaraz made the most of his reprieve, racing through to his first tiebreak success of the tournament as Ruud’s game fell suddenly apart.

The Spaniard sensed his chance, breaking for 4-2 in the fourth set before taking his aces count to 12 to lead 5-2.

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Ruud held to love but Alcaraz claimed his slice of history on a second match point before collapsing to the court in celebration.

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Aribo, Iwobi shine as Everton snatch victory at St Mary’s

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Joe Aribo was on the scoresheet but was not enough as Alex Iwobi’s assist to Dwight McNeil sealed a win for Everton at the St Mary’s on Saturday.

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Aribo broke the deadlock on 49 minutes, picking the ball up on the edge of the box and fired it beyond Jordan Pickford.

Three minutes later, Everton got a leveler after Amadou Onana nodded down a deep cross into the path of Conor Coady who hit home from close range.

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In the 54th minute, Iwobi set up Dwight McNeil who drove the ball into the back of the net to give Everton the lead.

Everton, by virtue of the win, moved up to 11th position with 10 points and Southampton sit 15th on the log with seven points.

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Lewandowski gives Barca hard-fought victory in Mallorca

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Robert Lewandowski was the hero once again for Barcelona as they fought to a 1-0 victory away at Mallorca.

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The game started with Barca pulling weights to break the deadlock, and did eventually when Lewandowski curled in a fine shot into the bottom corner of the net in the 20th minute.

Barca then tried to kill off the game but could not find that second-goal cushion as Mallorca were defensively solid.

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The host tried, on multiple occasions, to draw level but Marc Andre Ter Stegen continued his excllent form between the sticks for Barca as he denied their attempts to ensure Barca pick up maximum points and stay top of the league for at least, the night till Real Madrid play Osasuna on Sunday night.

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Smalling header gives Roma victory over Inter

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Chris Smalling and Paolo Dybala scored as AS Roma came from behind to beat Inter Milan at the San Siro for the first time since February 2017.

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Smalling scored the winner in the 78th-minute after heading home from Lorenzo Pellegrini’s free-kick as Roma jump to fourth in the Serie A table.

Inter were looking to bounce back from a poor run of form while AS Roma were without their manager, José Mourinho who was suspended for three matches following his red card from the Atalanta match.

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Federico Dimarco had opened the scoring for Inter after 30 minutes but Roma equalized nine minutes later when Paulo Dybala volleyed home from an acute angle.

Inter Millan had better goal-scoring chances in the game, Hakan Çalhanoglu hit the bar from a free-kick in the 62nd minute, while former Roma striker Eden Dzeko had thought he had opened the scoring in the 11th minute only for his strike to be ruled out by VAR.

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The win means Roma are now four points behind leaders Napoli while Inter remain in seventh, eight points off the top having lost four of their eight Serie A matches so far this season.

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