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Top 2022 US Open Men’s Singles Takeaways

By Jeff Stinger

Nitrobetting recaps a memorable tournament and shares the top 2022 US Open Men’s Singles storylines. The event featured history, as several competitors triggered firsts, including late-night epic matches and young stars rising to the occasion. Let’s take a look at some of the most memorable moments in the men’s singles division below.

2022 US Open Men’s Singles Storylines

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Carlos Alcaraz wins US Open and grabs World No. 1

Carlos Alcaraz etches his name in history books as he defeated Casper Ruud in four sets. The Spaniard began his final push on a high note, taking the first set 6-4. But, Casper Ruud bounced back in the second set with a lopsided 6-2 scoreline. The third set of the US Open Men’s Singles final went to the wire with Alcaraz securing the tiebreaker against Ruud to take a 2-1 set lead. The game was controlled by the youngster from then on, putting up a better show and displaying unmatched energy. He sealed the set 6-3 to score his maiden Grand Slam.

What makes the achievement even better is the fact that he is the youngest Grand Slam winner since Rafael Nadal won his first at the 2005 French Open. Furthermore, Alcaraz’s title win in the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center makes him the youngest top-ranked male tennis player of all time.

Nick Kyrgios comeback

Australian Nick Kyrgios returns to the top-20 list for the first time since falling down the rankings in February 2020. The Wimbledon finalist was frustrated after dropping the ball to Karen Khachanof in the quarterfinals. It was clear that the 27-year-old missed out on his chance of winning a first major following a splendid performance in England last July.

Nevertheless, the now World Number 18 backed up his confident campaign with a title victory in Washington D.C. and a strong run in New York. Once the Australian Open takes off in January 2023, we expect him to be incredibly dangerous in front of his home crowd.

Frances Tiafoe makes waves

The American tennis player finished the best event of his career. He joins the top 2022 US Open Men’s Singles Storylines after sending Rafael Nadal home over Labor Day weekend. Moreover, he followed up the victory with a quarter and semi-final appearance. Tiafoe beat a top-ten player for a slot in the semis. Once he stepped on the stage, he put pressure on eventual winner Carlos Alcaraz for five sets.

For a player who is known as a competent shotmaker but struggles to close, this run exhibited his ability to handle stress and improved mental toughness. With that, we expect Tiafoe to feature positive results leading up to tournaments in the near future.

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