Former world No. 5 Daniela Hantuchova absolutely thinks Carlos Alcaraz will have a great career as she called the 18-year-old "a legend in the making." Alcaraz is just 18 years old but he is quickly establishing himself as one of the best players on the Tour.
After reaching his maiden Masters semifinal in Indian Wells, Alcaraz went a step further in Miami and lifted his first Masters title after beating Casper Ruud in the final 7-5 6-4. Hantuchova, who now works as a tennis analyst, was impressed by how Alcaraz reacted in his first Masters final.
Also, Hantuchova sees Alcaraz as a legitimate French Open title contender. “The most impressive thing is his attitude,” Hantuchova said on Amazon Prime. “You see how confident and calm he was towards the end of the match.
He is a legend in the making. The scary thing is the clay court season is coming up. To me he is looking like the Roland Garros favourite already. It feels like every single week he steps on court, he is getting better and better”.
Alcaraz was absolutely thrilled after winning Miami
Alcaraz felt the nerves early on and didn't make a good start to the match as Ruud took an early 4-1 lead in the first set. However, Alcaraz regrouped and bounced back from a slow start as he broke Ruud in the seventh and 11th games to steal the opener.
After winning the first set, Alcaraz started the second set with back-to-back breaks and a 3-0 lead. Ruud got one break back in the fourth game but Alcaraz held on to his second break and escaped with a straight-set win.
"I have no words to describe how I feel right now," Alcaraz said after the final. "It's so special to win my first Masters 1000 here in Miami. I have an unbelievable team with me and family... I'm so happy with the win and my team."