Carlos Alcaraz is the true heir of the Big Three Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic. Better than Jannik Sinner and all the other young talents, he is the bright future of world tennis. A climb that started a few months ago, which has never stopped and hasn't had so many road accidents.
The incredible growth of young Spanish player is under the eyes of all fans and professionals: probably few, definitely not most, would have expected the Spaniard at 18 year-old already in the first 15 positions of the world ATP ranking.
The Iberian became the protagonist of a 2022 season start: from the third round at the Australian Open, in which he amazed his new, more muscular and visually devastating physique, passing through the triumph obtained in Rio de Janeiro on red clay, to arrive to the two semifinals won in Indian Wells and Miami.
In Miami he defeated the Pole Hubert Hurkacz to get the final against Casper Ruud. The 2003 player amazed everyone in this part on hard-courts and these recent two weeks have been proof of this. The Murcia native has played top-notch tennis and bent several of the best tennis players of the moment and in the world, including the Greek seeded number three Stefanos Tsitsipas and the Serbian Miomir Kecmanovic, the only one to snatch a set from him and drag it to the top.
tie-break of the third decisive set, however, won by Alcaraz with great strength and maturity
Carlos Alcaraz: he is the future world no.1
With that heavy win, the Spaniard became the third-youngest semi-finalist in the history of the Masters1000 in Florida, behind only Felix Auger-Aliassime (in 2019, with the Canadian who was exactly 18 years, 7 months and 19 days) and the champion of 21 Slam titles Rafael Nadal (18 years, 10 months and 27 days, going up to the final).
The goal ahead of the Iberian is to break Hurkacz's streak in Miami and be the second youngest finalist in the history of the tournament. Another statistic almost seems to presage that in the future (near or far) Carlos Alcaraz will become number one in the world: the only ones to conquer the semifinal consecutively in Indian Wells and Miami were Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray and Andre Agassi, all at the age of 19.
The athlete managed it at 18, the four before him then rose to the throne of the ranking.
So Carlos is the third youngest men's singles semifinalist at Miami... Via @ATPMediaInfo
He will bid to become the youngest finalist since Nadal in 2005 at Miami.