At 18 years and 11 months, Carlos Alcaraz becomes the youngest to reach the final at the Miami Open, in Florida, since Rafael Nadal in 2005. The Spanish talent, fresh from the extraordinary victory against Miomir Kecmanovic in the quarter-finals, survives the tie-break challenge with the Polish Hubert Hurkacz, reigning champion and looking for a successful back-to-back in the history of the tournament only to Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer among the active players.
The performance? As usual, flawless. Alcaraz, who lost only two games this season just to remember, could, among other things, already break the wall of the Top 10 by catching the most precious title in his career. Let's remember: at 18 years and 11 months, not even in the middle of the season.
That tennis can find itself in very good hands after the Big 3 is gradually becoming a certainty. Francisco Cerundolo's path in Florida ends at the foot of the final. The Argentine tennis player, who had never even won a match on hard-courts before the Miami Open, was eliminated by Casper Ruud.
The Norwegian, after a practically perfect tournament, condenses the few difficulties during the first set in the trivially most important match of his career. Having recovered a late break at the start, the Norwegian maintains his serve with extraordinary authority up to 5-4 and at the first useful opportunity breaks the delicate balance of the challenge.
The second part is completely circumstantial, with Cerundolo just in time to move the zero from the game box and make the passive acceptable. Ruud thus finds the first career final of an ATP Masters 1000 and sits on step number seven of the ranking.
If successful, he would even hit Matteo Berrettini, who at that point at the gates of the season on clay-courts, with Madrid and Rome in the sights, given the small operation in hand, would find himself defending just over a hundred points.