The final of the “Masters” in Miami: 18-year-old Carlos Alcaras won the title, beating Casper Ruud, how much the Spaniard earned

This is a master! 18-year-old Spaniard Carlos Alcaras won in Miami and took $ 1.2 million

Daniil Salnikov

18-year-old Carlos Alcaras won the title

In the final of the prestigious “Masters” in Miami, the young Carlos Alcaras, who is called the “successor of Raphael Nadal”, won.

18-year-old Spaniard Carlos Alcaras won the tournament in Miami. In the final, he defeated Norwegian Casper Ruud and took a check for $ 1.2 million.

For the first time in their careers, both finalists of the Masters in Miami reached the decisive match in such a high category tournament. And this meant that in Miami 2022 a new champion of both the competition and the Masters had to be determined. In the semi-finals, Norwegian Casper Ruud defeated Argentine Francisco Cerundolo, and 18-year-old Spaniard Carlos Alcaras was stronger than last year’s winner Hubert Hurcach. For Ruud, this is the 10th final of his career, but the previous 9 belonged to the ATP-250 category. In them, the Norwegian won 7 games with two defeats. And for Alcaras, this is only the third final in his career. And every time he managed to increase the category of tournaments. First he won the ATP-250 in Umag-2021, then the ATP-500 in Rio 2022 and now he has reached the Masters.

An 18-year-old Spaniard knocked out the offender Medvedev from the Miami net!  There will be a new champion at the tournament
An 18-year-old Spaniard knocked out the offender Medvedev from the Miami net! There will be a new champion at the tournament

In general, we can talk about 18-year-old Alcaras for a long time. It is not for nothing that he is called “Nadal’s successor”, “modern version of Nadal”, etc. On the day of the final Miami Carlos turned 18 333 days old – thus, he became the fifth finalist of the “Masters” in the existence of tournaments in this category. Before Alcaraz, only Michael Chang in Toronto 1990 (18 years 157 days), Rafael Nadal in Miami 2005 (18 years 304 days) and Monte Carlo – 2005 (18 years 318 days), and Richard Gasquet in Hamburg-2005 (18 years 331 days).

$ 16.9 million battle in Miami!  Full payout at the Masters in Florida
$ 16.9 million battle in Miami! Full payout at the Masters in Florida

Regarding the comparison of Alkaras with Nadal, the famous tennis coach Patrick Muratoglu spoke before the final: “I fully understand these comparisons with Nadal. Firstly, they are both Spaniards, secondly, both are physically gifted players, and thirdly, they are incredibly smart. That’s a lot. I think their playing style is also very similar. But I’m talking about Rafa now, not Rafa at the age of Alcaras. At that time, Nadal played in a completely different way: away from the back line, with long draws. Now Rafa is more aggressive, so I would say that Alcaras is his modern version. “

It should be noted that 23-year-old Casper Ruud is the first Norwegian to play in the ATP final, win the ATP tournament, get into the top 10 of the ATP rankings and finally reach the Masters final. Before the final, Ruud expressed hope that he would soon be on a par with his almost peers – Daniil Medvedev, Alexander Zverev and Stefanos Tsitsipas, who have won the Grand Slam finals and the final victory: “These guys have achieved better results. than me. Although I’ve already beaten two of them. I met Daniel a couple of times, but he was too good. I think we will follow these players for the next 10-15 years. I hope I can join them. The fact that I am from a small country plays a role in the fact that I am not so popular in the world. Norway does not take up much space on the tennis map. In addition, I still do not manage to perform well in the Grand Slam tournaments. I hope I will fix this soon, and then many will learn that there is such a tennis player in Norway. “

Casper Ruud

Casper Ruud

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The history of personal meetings between Alcaras and Ruud is still quite short. They met only once. In the quarterfinals of the ground tournament in Marbella-2021, Carlos celebrated the victory – 6: 2, 6: 4. At the time, Ruud was already in the top 30 of the ATP rankings, and he was considered the favorite of the match. But the Spaniard was out of the hundreds and was just gaining momentum. Interestingly, both finalists of this hard “Masters” play brilliantly on the ground.

Carlos Alcaras

Carlos Alcaras

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From the first minutes of the match, Ruud literally stunned his opponent from Spain. In the second game on the serve of Alcaras, the Norwegian made a break and soon led 3-0. However, in the fifth game, Ruud’s serve failed. The Spaniard received a break point, but could not realize it. But the next time with a score of 4: 2 Alcaras brought the case to the opposite break – 4: 3. Then the players kept their serve quite confidently and prepared the audience for the fact that everything will be decided on a tie-break. But with a score of 5: 5 Carlos inflated the pace, went on the attack and from the second break point took a serve Ruud, and then served on the set – 7: 5 in 1 hour 1 minute.

At the beginning of the second set, Alcaras led with two breaks 3: 0, winning 6 games in a row, taking into account the first set. But Ruud wasn’t going to give up. In the fourth game from the sixth break point, he managed to return one serve, and then took his game – 3: 2. However, after that, Casper called a doctor, complaining of feeling unwell. The medics did something to his back for a few minutes, after which the game continued. However, Casper could not create anything more incredible. Alcaras calmly brought the match to victory – 7: 5, 6: 4 in 1 hour 49 minutes.

Thus, 18-year-old Carlos Alcaras won the Masters tournament for the first time in his career. For his victory, the Spaniard received 1,000 rating points and a check for $ 1.2 million.

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