Alcaraz becomes youngest No. 1; Serena rises 284 positions

Sept. 12 (UPI) -- Carlos Alcaraz, 19, officially became the youngest No. 1 player in ATP rankings history, while Ons Jabeur climbed to No. 2 in the WTA rankings and Serena Williams jumped 284 spots, the tennis organizations said Monday.

Alcaraz beat fifth-seeded Norwegian Casper Ruud of Norway in four sets in the U.S. Open men's singles final Sunday in Flushing, N.Y.

The third-seeded Spaniard's victory resulted in a climb from No. 4 in the ATP singles rankings.

"I played great matches, with high intensity, over the last [three] weeks," Alcaraz told reporters Sunday at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.

"I'm really happy to move on, to be No. 1 in the world. I'm so so happy."

Alcaraz's climb up the ATP rankings, which were started in 1973, wasn't his only achievement.

He also became the youngest player to win a Grand Slam since Rafael Nadal won the 2005 French Open. Nadal also was 19 when he claimed that singles title.

Ruud jumped from No. 7 to a career-best No. 2 in the rankings, thanks to his performance at the final Grand Slam of the season.

Russian Daniil Medvedev, who lost in the fourth round of the U.S. Open, dropped from No. 1 to No. 4. Germany's Alexander Zverev fell from No. 2 to No. 5.

Frenchman Corentin Moutet, who lost to Ruud in the fourth round in Flushing, made the biggest climb in the men's rankings. He jumped 28 spots from No. 112 to No. 84.

Canada's Felix Auger-Aliassime dropped out of the Top 10, falling from No. 8 to No. 13. American Frances Tiafoe moved inside the Top 25 due to his run to the semifinals at the U.S. Open. Tiafoe moved from No. 26 to No. 19.

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