World No. 16 Carlos Alcaraz became the third-youngest Masters-1000 finalist when he overcame the defending champion Hubert Hurkacz in the semi-finals of the 2022 Miami Masters to reach his biggest career finals ever. Alcaraz won the match 7-6(5), 7-6(2) in a match that finished just after breaching the 2-hour mark in the Miami Gardens.
Carlos is slowly turning up the heat on the ATP Tour with his fantastic tennis all at the age of 18 and is becoming a crowd favourite everywhere he goes and Miami has been no different. His popularity has seen him play the majority of his matches on the Center Court that is called the ‘Stadium’ and despite late finishes, the Spaniard has attracted crowds in huge numbers.
Seeing his rising popularity, it is only fair that Miami reached out to the young Spaniard with a special gesture that was brought by Blake Ferguson, Long Snapper of the Miami Dolphins, a team in the National Football League of the USA. With Alcaraz having earlier requested the media to refer to him as ‘Carlitos’, the Dolphins made it a point when they represented the teenager with a special jersey that had Carlitos written on it with the 22 number on the back.
Carlos Alcaraz to make his Top-15 debut on Monday
With the win over Hubert in the semis, Alcaraz is confirmed to become the new World No. 12 after Sunday’s finals. In case he wins it, he will be the new World No. 11, in either case making his Top-15 debut having reached the 16th spot after his semi-final run last week in the 2022 Indian Wells Masters.
In the finals, Alcaraz will take on World No. 8 Casper Ruud who comes into the finals with a win over surprise semi-finalist Francisco Cerundolo. It will be the first Masters finals for Ruud as well and one of the two will take home their biggest career title so far. Ruud has won 7 titles so far, 6 on Clay and 1 on hardcourts while both of Alcaraz’s career titles on the Tour have come on Clay.