Naomi Osaka is the first finalist of the Miami Open 2022. The Japanese tennis player does not make any particular changes to the script at the foot of the final in Florida. On the contrary. In the most complicated challenge of the week, against Belinda Bencic, she recovers one set of disadvantage and fourteen months later she returns to reach a final in the WTA Tour.
Fresh air after a difficult period on and off the court. Awaiting her is the new world no.1 Iga Swiatek, winner of the match against Jessica Pegula. Swiatek, who at the same time she still has an open streak of fifteen consecutive victories, beat the American 6-2 7-5.
Daniil Medvedev eliminated at the quarterfinals. The Russian misses the appointment with world no.1. Hubert Hurkacz, defending champion, defeated Daniil to reach the semifinals. Result that will allow him to remain at the foot of the Top 10 or even to return to the top ten in case of victory.
Despite a very poor performance on break points, the Pole manages to maintain an always aggressive tactical plan and above all to take advantage of the indecisions of the Russian, forced to request the intervention of the physiotherapist in a rather uncomfortable scoring situation even in the second set.
The 7-6 (4) 6-3 that matures on the threshold of two hours of play. Carlos Alcaraz continues to write pages of history. The Spanish talent, already back from the semifinal in Indian Wells a dozen days ago, rejects in every way the defeat against an opponent who does everything flawlessly.
In fact, Alcaraz needs to appear on the net in more than thirty occasions (with a percentage of realization close to 70%) but above all fifty winners to break down the resistance of the Serbian. Needless to say in the tie break of the third set, needless to say recovering a disadvantage of 3-5.
When for the first time he finds himself with his head forward, Carlos keeps his nerve. And with a splendid backhand recovery with his nose on the net, he seals the success at 6-7 (4) 6-3 7-6 (5) and touches up the best ranking once again.