In the US Open final, one of the biggest battles of his career to date, a young tennis player could be excused for being a little selfish in the pursuit of victory.

But Casper Ruud does not operate like that – instead, he is willing to do the umpire’s job for him even if it does edge opponent Carlos Alcaraz closer to taking the first set.

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The moment occurred with the opening point of the eighth game inside Arthur Ashe Stadium, when Alcaraz’s drop shot was chased down by Ruud into the mid-court.

Ruud lobbed the ball and Alcaraz promptly gave chase but there was something off among both players – neither really seemed to want to continue with the point.

Alcaraz would hit the ball into the net and immediately wave his arms at the umpire just as Ruud had already.

As it turns out, the ball bounced a second time just before the Norwegian managed to reach it.

“Ladies and gentleman, Mr Ruud has just confirmed that the ball bounced twice – the point goes to Alcaraz,” the umpire announced.

The sporting gesture was roundly applauded by the crowd, though the question of Ruud needing to officiate his own match did linger.

Ruud would win the next point but go on to lose the set to Alcaraz following a crucial break of serve in the third game of the match.

He hit back with a late rush in the second, breaking his Spanish opponent twice to level the match at 4-6 6-2.

The US Open final is Ruud’s second chance to win his maiden grand slam after falling to Rafael Nadal in the French Open title decider earlier this year.

Casper Ruud informs the umpire of his ruling. Credit: Getty

Dominant duo go three-from-three in 2022

Dominant Czech duo Katerina Siniakova and Barbora Krejcikova have rallied to beat Caty McNally and Taylor Townsend 3-6 7-5 6-1 and collect their third grand slam doubles title of the year, and sixth overall.

The Americans led by a set and 4-1 before the Tokyo Olympic gold medallists stormed back to complete their career ‘golden slam’ with their maiden triumph in New York on Sunday.

“We calmed down and said okay, it’s not going to be this time,” Siniakova explained, recalling their conversation when they were trailing in the second set.

“I think it helped us and we showed better tennis after that. We were just trying to keep fighting and play every point. I’m so surprised and very happy that we did it.”

In addition to the trophy, the pair, who began playing together as juniors, collected a cheque for $US688,000 ($A1 million).

“I really appreciate that we are still playing together and it is going so well,” Siniakova said.

The pair are undefeated in the grand slam doubles tournaments they competed in this year. They missed the French Open when Krejcikova caught COVID-19.

“I don’t know how this is happening,” Krejcikova said.

“I found the whole season really difficult and especially this match. It was really hard for us and I think the level was high from both sides … it’s amazing that we won another slam.”

McNally and Townsend, who’d defeated Australian Storm Sanders and Caroline Dolehide in the semi-final in their first major together, were disappointed they were unable to close out the match but said it will serve as motivation going forward.

“This one hurts,” said Townsend.

“But this isn’t the last time I’m going to be out here. I’m confident of that. I’ve put in the work, I’ve earned my way to be here, and I think everyone sees that.

“I’m going to continue to put my head down and grind and this is going to motivate me to go even harder, so watch out for 2023.”

– with AAP

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