Carlos Alcaraz defeated 6th seed Casper Ruud in an enthralling title clash of the 2022 Miami Open to clinch his maiden Masters 1000 crown. Alcaraz emerged victorious 7-5, 6-4 in a nearly two-hour clash as the duo battled it out for the biggest title of their careers so far.
The Spaniard couldn’t register himself on the scoreboard until the fourth game of the opening set but quickly found his footing as he come back from a 4-2 deficit to win the set 7-5. Unlike the first, he was in top gear through the next set and broke Ruud’s serve twice to win the match in straight sets.
Alcaraz managed to break the finals curse by ending a 0-8 losing streak held by Spanish players to become the first Spaniard to win the title in Miami. For his exploits, his triumph has been graced by royal presence. He received a surprise phone call from King of Spain, Felipe VI, shortly after his win. The 18-year-old managed his nerves during clutch moments in the match, but couldn’t hide it during a phone call with the Spanish King.
“It’s pretty amazing to get the call from the Spanish king. I was more nervous [for] that call than the match. It’s pretty amazing that the Spanish king congratulates you on the hard work that you put every day and your win. It’s something that you never thought you were going to receive, a Spanish king call. It’s amazing,” Alcaraz said.
Carlos Alcaraz rises to career-high ranking post Miami Open victory
Alcaraz was ranked outside the top 30 at the start of the season. But had a dream start to his 2022 season. He has won 18 matches at the expense of only two losses, added to two silverware, one at the Rio Open and now in Miami. Alcaraz’s exploits in Miami will see him rise to a career-high ranking of 11th place in the standings.
As the spring hard court season draws to a close, the clay-court swing will kick off soon. Alcaraz will begin his season at the Monte Carlo Masters, which begins on April 10th. With a stellar string of results on the hard courts, more title wins await the teenager during the clay-court season, where he is also set to be one of the favorites for the French Open title.