‘Hoping to Get a Grand Slam This Year’ – Carlos Alcaraz Makes a Bold Statement After Creating History at Miami Open 2022

Published 04/04/2022, 4:12 AM EDT
Apr 3, 2022; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Carlos Alcaraz (ESP) celebrates with the Butch Buchholz Championship Trophy after his match 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

The ‘Big Three’ may be past their prime days, but men’s tennis is in safe hands with the rise of young talent. The Next Gen stars like Jannik Sinner and Sebastian Korda apart from Carlos Alcaraz are some of the stars to look forward to in the coming years. Such is the nature of the sport that the age for excellence in tennis is decreasing day by day.

Ask Carlos Alcaraz, the Spanish teenager who won the biggest title of his career yesterday. The 18-year-old defeated Casper Ruud of Norway to claim his maiden ATP Masters 1000 title. Further, he did it in style, putting on a statement show of what is going to come next. Following in the footsteps of his idol, Rafael Nadal, Alcaraz has set high standards for himself for the remainder of the 2022 season.

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Carlos Alcaraz aims to win a Grand Slam by year-end

During his post-match interview after his finals victory at Miami Open, the interviewer asked the Spaniard about his upcoming goals after bettering the goals he had set previously. Alcaraz said, “Well, as you said, it was the goal to end the year in top-15 and be able to win ATP 500. I did it in Rio and then when I won it, I think well now looking for a Masters 1000. I did it here.”

Oct 10, 2021; Indian Wells, CA, USA; Carlos Alcaraz (ESP) reacts after winning a point during in his second round match against Andy Murray (GBR) in the BNP Paribas Open at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Further, he added, “So hoping to get a Grand Slam this year. But it is tough. It is a tough world for me. Now, trying to go to the top-10 or be able to classify (qualify) to the ATP Finals in the end of the year.”

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His Miami Masters title has significantly boosted his ATP rankings. The Spaniard has moved up five spots to be ranked 11th in the world.

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Alcaraz has a golden opportunity to dominate in the upcoming clay-court season. The ‘King of Clay’, Rafael Nadal, is currently sidelined due to his injury issues. On the other hand, Novak Djokovic’s participation in the coming tournaments is uncertain. With clay being his favorite surface, Alcaraz will be eager to maintain his red-hot form in the coming tournaments.

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Vatsal Shah

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Vatsal Shah is a tennis author at EssentiallySports. With a Bachelor's degree in engineering, he is a die hard fan of tennis and sports in general. He is an ardent follower of Rafael Nadal and is inspired by his never-say-die attitude.

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