Carlos Alcaraz thanks his “second father” for helping him win the US Open.

When Carlos Alcaraz won the Grand Slam and rose to the top of the rankings, he credited his “second father,” Juan Carlos Ferrero. Alcaraz defeated Casper Ruud in the US Open final on Sunday with a score of 6-4 2-6 7-6 (1) 6-3.

Alcaraz is currently the youngest No. 1 in tennis history and a Grand Slam champion. The top-ranked player in the world and former French Open champion Ferrero took Alcaraz under his wing, and the 19-year-old is prospering under his direction.

According to Sportskeeda, Alcaraz said, “Juan Carlos Ferrero is my second father. He could train a lot of top players but he decides to be with me. It’s because of him that I’m lifting this trophy today. If I [didn’t have] Juan Carlos Ferrero in the box, Juan Carlos [as] my coach, it wouldn’t be possible for me.

Alcaraz was created for these instances, says Ferrero

Alcaraz put on a strong performance to win his first Grand Slam match in front of a massive crowd and a jam-packed Arthur Ashe Stadium. Alcaraz, though, saved a match point against Jannik Sinner in the quarterfinals to go to the championship.

Alcaraz then defeated Frances Tiafoe in the quarterfinal in a game that ended at 2.50 a.m. local time, the latest conclusion in tournament history. Alcaraz‘s road to the US Open championship was anything but easy, but he was up for any obstacles that came his way.

Ferrero says that the 19-year-old was born for the spotlight and special events, therefore he wasn’t surprised by Alcaraz‘s reactions. “I noticed qualities in Carlos that were distinct from those of other boys his age right away, and I continue to notice them today. Carlos was born to compete in competitions and matches like this.

He’s a strong competitor, even though this is his first final; we saw it against Cilic, Sinner, and Tiafoe “Regarding Alcaraz, Ferrero stated.