Carlos Alcaraz Creates History- Breaks Novak Djokovic’s Record To Become the Youngest Masters 1000 Champion at Miami

Published 04/03/2022, 3:13 PM EDT
Carlos Alcaraz (ESP) reacts after winning a point against Casper Ruud (NOR) (not pictured) in the men’s singles final in the Miami Open | Credit: Reuters

The entire tennis world was looking forward to the final match at the Miami Open 2022. Rising youngster Carlos Alcaraz played against Casper Rudd in an exciting culmination of two weeks of great and dramatic tennis. The 18-year-old won the match and with this win, he  becomes the youngest champion in the history of the Miami Open. He breaks a record set by the current World No. 1, Novak Djokovic!

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Alcaraz had a slow start but managed to pick up his form as the match progressed. Ruud broke his serve in the second game but the Spaniard soon recovered to break back and get back on serve. Alcaraz once again broke in the eleventh game to get a 6-5 lead and then served the first set out.

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Ruud’s initial level of play going into the second set was a little off-rhythm, and Alcaraz capitalized on that. But,he soon found his mojo back to break the Spaniard.

However, this increased level was still not enough to make a proper inroad into the match and Alcaraz seized the second set 6-4 to win his first ATP 1000 title.

Carlos Alcaraz dominates his first ATP 1000 final

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Both Casper Ruud and Carlos Alzaraz are extremely talented and have one thing in common. Both of them have spent quite some time practicing at the Rafa Nadal Academy in Mallorca and also against the legendary Spaniard. But, Carlos Alcaraz has been in the news for quite a while now, given his meteoric rise. At just 18 years of age, his path so far has been like his idol and compatriot Rafael Nadal.

Apr 3, 2022; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Carlos Alcaraz (ESP) serves against Casper Ruud (NOR)(not pictured) in the men’s singles final in the Miami Open at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

His aggressive and dominating game along with sharp, crisp, and accurate shots ensured Ruud has a tough time keeping up with the Spaniard.

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Alcaraz shows all the classic components of a champion. While it is only time that can tell how things will pan out, one can surely expect many more final appearances from him. Hailed as the true protégé of Rafael Nadal, we hope that Alcaraz manages to carry the mantle of brilliance forward and fully realizes his potential.

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Rishma Banerjee

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Rishma Banerjee is a tennis author at EssentiallySports. Having done her masters in Political Science with International Relations from Jadavpur University, Rishma's outlet from the hustle-bustle of academics has always been sports, especially Tennis. A die-hard fan of Rafael Nadal, she admires his grit, determination and dedication towards always being better. When not writing content for firms dealing with fintech to social media marketing to sports, she finds herself in journals and books dealing with geopolitics and strategic studies or scrolling endlessly through Tumblr!

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