Carlos Alcaraz created Miami Open history by becoming the tournament’s youngest winner, defeating sixth seed Casper Ruud in the final 7-5 6-4. He is also the third-youngest Masters 1000 champion in history, having won the tournament in one hour and 52 minutes and living up to his billing as one of the tour’s most intriguing young players.
Only two men have won titles at this level at a younger age: Michael Chang, who won Toronto in 1990 at the age of 18 years and five months, and Rafael Nadal, who won Monte Carlo in 2005 at the age of 18 years and ten months. Alcaraz only dropped one set en route to his Miami title and will now compete on his favoured surface of the clay, encouraged by his best success to date.
An emotional Carlos Alcaraz embraces his coach after his historical triumph
When Alcaraz won the match, he ran to his box to hug his coach, Juan Carlos Ferrero, demonstrating their love and mutual appreciation. Ferrero became emotional at this point, as he could be seen weeping and smiling after seeing his mentee’s huge success. After all the things that Ferrero has gone through this week, it was the moment of the tournament and it will live on in his memories forever. While this is only the beginning of Alcaraz’s incredible journey to the top, the young Spaniard has always had the support of legends such as Rafael Nadal and David Ferrer, who believed that the 18-year-old was destined to make tennis history one day.
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