Carlos Alcaraz has continued his rapid rise to the top of the men’s game. He started the year by losing a tough five-set contest against Matteo Berrettini in the third round of the Australian Open. The teenager then won the biggest title of his career at the Rio Open, an ATP 500 tournament.
Alcaraz reached his first semifinal at the Masters 1000 level at Indian Wells. He went down to Rafael Nadal in three closely fought sets. The Spaniard is having yet another great tournament at the Miami Masters, easing past Hubert Hurkacz to reach the final, where he’ll face Casper Ruud.
Carlos Alcaraz’s coach surprises him post Miami Open semis victory
Carlos Alcaraz has been having a terrific few weeks. Not only did he crack the top 20 on the ATP rankings, he also performed exceptionally well. He defeated the defending champion Hubert Hurkacz in straight sets to make a place for himself in the finals. This is the first Masters 1000 final that he has been in, and he will be facing Casper Ruud for a chance at the title.
The happy times didn’t only stop at the amazing victory against Hurkacz to seal his spot in the Miami Open final. Post the victory, he was surprised by the arrival of his coach Juan Carlos Ferrero in Miami. In the video of the meeting that surfaced, the youngster was overjoyed to see his coach, who has not been with him during the course of the current tournament. As soon as Alcaraz notices Ferrero, he jumps out of the coach and runs for him, with the pair sharing a warm embrace.
Alcaraz has been under Ferrero’s tutelage for the past two years, under whom he had a meteoric rise from a player competing at challenger events to reaching Masters 1000 finals. Ferrero could not be there at the Miami Open, as he had to fly to Spain upon learning about his father’s sudden death.