On Sunday, 18-year-old Spaniard Carlos Alcaraz won the Miami Open, beating Casper Ruud in the final to become the tournament’s youngest-ever winner in its 37-year history.
Alcaraz was also praised by Spain’s King Felipe VI.
“I was more nervous [for] that call than the match,” said a smiling Alcaraz after winning the Miami Open.
“It’s quite amazing that the King of Spain congratulates you on the hard work you put in every day and on your victory. It’s something you never thought you’d receive, a Spanish royal reputation. It is amazing.”
Influence of coach Juan Carlos Ferrero
Alcaraz defeated world No. 8 Ruud 7-5, 6-4 in an hour and 52 minutes in the final at Hard Rock Stadium to move up to No. 11 in the world rankings.
The Spanish teenager is coached by compatriot and former world No. 1 Juan Carlos Ferrero.
Originally, Ferrero had not been to the Miami Open due to the recent death of his father but surprised Alcaraz by arriving ahead of Sunday’s final.
They first started working together in 2018 and Ferrero admitted it didn’t take long for him to realize Alcaraz was something special.
“It means he has something and will keep working on it and keep working on it every day. So his potential was there, and only I was [there] to let it flow and play and keep things on track.
“So it doesn’t surprise me at all, but of course it was very, very fast and very fast, so not easy to do.”
And after becoming the third youngest Masters 1000 champion after Michael Chang and Nadal, Alcaraz praised the influence Ferrero had on him on and off the pitch.
“Juan Carlos, I also see him as a coach and a friend, so I can talk to him about anything.”
The win continues a stellar year for Alcaraz – now made up of 18 wins and just two losses – and firmly entrenches itself as the hottest prospect in tennis.
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