The purse of $60.3million – approximately £52m – is the largest ever at the US Open, and the men’s and women’s singles champions will each earn £2.2m ($2.6m). It means the winner between Alcaraz and Ruud will take home millions as well as their first major title.
However, the loser between the duo on Sunday night will be able to console themselves by collecting £1.1m ($1.3m).
Alcaraz will face Ruud in Sunday’s final, with world No 1 status also on the line. The champion will replace Russian star Daniil Medvedev atop the rankings after he crashed out in the last 16.