ATP Miami: Carlos Alcaraz wins title and writes history



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ATP Miami: Carlos Alcaraz wins title and writes history

Carlos Alcaraz claimed the first Masters 1000 title in Miami, beating Casper Ruud 7-5, 6-4 in an hour and 52 minutes! Super talented Spaniard lost to Rafael Nadal in the Indian Wells semi-final two weeks ago and was eager to change that in Florida.

The 14th seed took down Marton Fucsovics, Marin Cilic, Stefanos Tsitsipas and Miomir Kecmanovic to reach the semis. A teenager defeated the defending champion Hubert Hurkacz in two tie breaks to become the fourth 18-year-old in the Masters 1000 final after Michael Chang, Rafael Nadal and Richard Gasquet.

Eager for more, the Spaniard took down Casper Ruud in a battle of the first-time Masters 1000 finalists to write history and move on the verge of the top-10. At 18 years and ten months, Carlos became the youngest Miami Open champion, stealing the record from Novak Djokovic, who was 19 years and ten months old in 2007.

Also, Alcaraz is the third-youngest Masters 1000 champion after Michael Chang and his compatriot and idol Rafael Nadal.

Carlos Alcaraz is the third-youngest Masters 1000 champion!

Carlos won 11 points more than Casper and saved six out of eight break chances.

The Norwegian suffered four breaks and dealt with an injury in set number two to finish on the losing side and settle with the runner-up prize. Alcaraz built the advantage in the shortest range up to four strokes, standing as the more aggressive player and firing 27 winners and 22 unforced errors.

Some of the Spaniard's drop shots did not work as he wanted, but he gave his best to control the rallies and keep the points on his racquet. Ruud made a promising start and grabbed a break in game two after Alcaraz's forehand mistakes.

Both players served well in games three and four, and Casper faced a break point in game five from 40-0 up. Carlos squandered a break chance with a loose drop shot, and the Norwegian held for a 4-1 advantage. A teenager stayed calm and broke back in game seven after Ruud's forehand error.

They both served well in the next three games to lock the result at 5-5. Casper placed a forehand wide in the 11th game to experience a break, and Carlos served for the set in the next one. A teenager defended a break point in game 12 with a service winner and seized the third set point with a smash winner for 7-5 after an hour.

The youngster took six of the last seven games, and he continued in the same style in set number two. Carlos broke in games one and three before Casper converted the sixth break point in game four to reduce the deficit. Both players served well in the remaining games, and Alcaraz held at love in game ten with a perfect serve & volley combo that carried him towards the first out of many Masters 1000 titles.