Spanish 14th seed Carlos Alcarez caps a dream run to secure the biggest win of his young career, losing to world number eight Caspar Rudd in the final of the Miami Open 7-5 6-4.
The 18-year-old Alcaraz won his first ATP Masters 1000 crown and is the first Spaniard to win in Miami after the previous eight finals played by his compatriots, including five by Rafa Nadal.
“I have no words to describe how I feel,” Alcaraj said after the 37-year-old replaced Novak Djokovic in tournament history. “But winning my Masters 1000 in Miami is very special.”
Alcaraz was annoyed by Rudd early in the match between the two emerging players but came back from a 4-1 deficit to take the opener through an overhead smash in his third set point.
From there, the Spaniard refused to give up control as he made a double-break for a 3-0 lead early in the second set where Rudd was able to get a return but in the end there was no answer as Alcaraz kept up the pressure in a match. Two first-time ATP Masters 1000 finalists.
With the win in his possession, Alcaraz has dropped just two points in his last three service games and quietly served the one-hour, 52-minute match for love in the final game.
“I knew Caspar was playing incredibly well. He has a big forehand. I tried to play in his backhand first and attacked all the time, “said Alkarz.
“I tried not to let him dominate the match. The forehand down line, the backhand down line was a key for me.
The victory is Alcaraz’s third ATP Tour title since winning the Rio Open in February, and Kei Nishikori became the youngest tour-level champion since winning at Delre Beach in 2008, following his victory over Umag in July.
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