18-year-old Alcaraz has broken Novak’s record to become the youngest champion in Miami. The Spaniard defeated Ruud Casper 7-5, 6-4 in less than two hours. This feat also means he is the first Spanish player to win the title.

“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.”

Carlos Alcaraz

Carlos has been riding a high wave since the beginning of the season. He has suffered only two defeats so far, at the Australian Open to Berrettini and to Nadal at Indian Wells. One characteristic of his last two matches has been his ability to regroup after a slow start. 

Hitting errors at the beginning of the opening set gave Ruud the opportunity to go three games up against Carlos. But he quickly turned that around to win six games out of seven as he wrestled away with the first set. Alcaraz continued to show off in the second set, sealing two early breaks with a pair of winners to make it 2-0 in the second set. Much credit should be given to Ruud considering how much fight he put into the game. Ruud got a break back at 3-1 but Alcaraz held all his service games and ran away with the match. 

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The teenage phenom is now 3-0 in ATP finals and holds one title lacking from Nadal’s trophy list. When the updated rankings come out, Carlos will be one spot shy away from the top 10.

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