Spanish teen sensation Carlo Alcaraz defeated Kasper Ruud 7-5, 6-4 in the final of the Open 2022 Miami to win his first Masters 1000 title. Alcaraz, who is being heralded as one of the stars of the next generation, is already living up to his potential and already making a name for himself as a top player. On a historic night at Hard Rock Stadium, the Spaniard made history with an overwhelming triumph in the final. Take a look at the top 10 things the teenager accomplished with his record-breaking win in Miami.
1. Youngest Miami Open Champion
At 18 years and 333 days, Alcaraz became the youngest champion in the tournament’s 37-year history Novak Djokovics Record from 2007, who was 19 years and 10 months old when he won the tournament – then called the NASDAQ-100 Open.
2. First Spaniard to win a title in Miami
Before these finals, the Spanish players were on a losing streak 8-0, while Rafael Nadal himself had a dismal 5-0 record at the Miami summit. Alcaraz finally managed to break the curse of the finals and managed what Nadal could not in his illustrious style to clinch the Miami Open title.
3. Ends Spain’s 29-year title drought
Arantxa Sanchez Vicario was the only player from Spain to lift the title in Miami with two wins in 1992 and 1993. Now Alcaraz has finally broken the finals impasse and became the second Spaniard to triumph at the Miami Open.
4. Third youngest player to win the Masters 1000 title
His exploits in Miami earned Alcaraz third place on the list of youngest champions in Masters 1000 history. Michael Chang 1990 Toronto (18 years and 5 months) and Rafael Nadal 2005 Monte Carlo (18 years and 10 months) are the only other players to have retired before their 19th birthday.
5. Positive head-to-head record against top 10 players
Alcaraz holds a 7-6 win-loss record over players ranked in the top 10, three of which came in Miami when he defeated world No. 5 Stefanos Tsitsipas in the fourth round world number 10 Hubert Hurkacz in the semifinals and world number 8 Kasper Ruud in the final.
6. Debuts in top-15
Alcaraz was listed outside the top-30 at the start of the season, but now, with his meteoric rise, he’s poised to match his career-best rank of 11th after Miami and is in the top-15 for the first time in his career. He is just 29 points behind world No. 10 Cameron Norrie and a top 10 debut looks imminent as the swing on the clay court soon begins.
7th among the Big-3 with 50 tour wins
With his semifinal win in Miami, Alcaraz became the second youngest player to have 50 career wins, just behind Rafael Nadal. He is now in the company of the famous Big 3, with Roger Federer and Djokovic in 3rd and 4th place.
8. Undefeated in the ATP Finals
Alcaraz is yet to drop a set in title fights at ATP tournaments. The Spaniard has a 3-0 winning streak in the finals with triumphs at the Croatia Open (2021), Rio Open (2022) and now Miami Open (2022). This is his 4th silverware adding up to the Next Gen Finale he won last year.
9. Holds an 18-2 win-loss record this year
Alcaraz has had an outstanding 2022 season so far, recording 18 wins at the expense of just 2 losses, both of which went the distance. One was a hard-fought third-round clash against Matteo Berrettini at the Australian Open and the other was a three-set thriller against Rafael Nadal at the Indian Wells. He is also only the third player behind Nadal (20-1) and Andrey Rublev to record wins (18-4) this year.
10. Better win rate on hard courts
Alcaraz is known for his clay-court skills, but ironically his first league title came on hard-court. He also holds a better win ratio on hard at 32-12 at 72.7%, on clay he’s just edging his record at 18-7 with a 72% win ratio, and on grass it’s a dead end at 1-1.
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