Carlos Alcaraz has won the Miami Open 2022, his first ATP Masters 1000 ever, rewriting the history of tennis. The 18-year-old Spanish talent beat Casper Ruud in the final at the Florida event and became the first Spanish tennis player in history to win the Miami Masters 1000.
It ends with the result of 7-5 6-4 and Alcaraz is more and more in the history of tennis. Nadal never succeeded, who in the past went one step closer to victory in the match against Federer (the Swiss was down 2-0 and won in five sets).
This and not just for this guy who, day after day, destroys all the records that pass in front of him. Third in the Race and in the Top 10 of the youngest tennis players ever to win a 1000, shortly after Rafa and in front of legends such as Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer.
The tennis player is the third ever to win a Masters 1000 behind only Michael Chang and Rafael Nadal, a player whose footsteps he is retracing step by step.
Carlos Alcaraz beats Casper Rudd to claim the Miami title
The young Iberian also surpasses Jannik Sinner in the standings and is now just a few points from entering the Top Ten, exceedingly anticipating the times.
Casper Ruud tried it and played an excellent final (his first in his career in a 1000, but he surrendered to Alcaraz and his varied tennis).
Good start for the Norwegian who advances with a break in the first games, also taking advantage of the understandable emotion of Alcaraz. After the initial 0-3, however, everything changes and the Spaniard begins to take advantage of his tennis, leaving no chance for the 23-year-old Nordic.
After the initial 1-4, Alcaraz brekka Ruud ties the score, then gets the decisive break with winners in the eleventh game. At the fourth set point in the next game he closes the first set 7-5. The Norwegian feels the blow as Carlos takes advantage of the moment and goes ahead by a double break.
Immediately 3 to 0 while Ruud seems to be in trouble, the Nordic takes advantage of a few too many mistakes from the Iberian and recovers at least one of the two breaks. He goes on with the two who keep the shifts and Ruud who doesn't give up.
The Spaniard, however, does not tremble and closes in the best possible way in just under two hours.
The women's final
Iga Swiatek becomes the fourth in history to complete the Sunshine Double by winning both the Indian Wells and Miami Open 2022 Masters 1000 in a few days.
Swiatek thus celebrates the first place won a few days ago and is a candidate to become the new dominatrix of world tennis. Before her, only Steffi Graf, Viktoriya Azarenka and Kim Clijsters had managed to crown this extraordinary feat in women's tennis.
Golden moment for Iga Swiatek who wins and convinces against Naomi Osaka and thus wins the seventeenth consecutive success, a victory that allows Swiatek to win the sixth title of her career. Good news also for Osaka, which returns to compete at great levels after the last few months of difficulty.
Thanks to this success, Swiatek assures herself over 1500 points ahead of number two Barbora Krejcikova and will be able to start the season on clay with an excellent classification. Excellent news also for Osaka which thanks to this success gains 41 positions and returns to compete in the Top 50 in the world, to be precise in 36th position of the WTA ranking.
From the very first moments of the match, it was clear that it would not have been an easy evening for Osaka. The Japanese cancels two break points in the first game (the longest of the match) and she suffers the attacks of the Pole, literally unleashed.
The break comes in the fifth game with Swiatek in control and smoothly ahead in the first set. The partial ends at 6-4, but this is how the match ends practically. Osaka totally gives up her grip while Swiatek leaves the crumbs and in the second set she even finishes on 6-0.
It ends in an hour and twenty minutes, women's tennis finds a new number one but sees the return to competitive levels of a Grand Slam champion, who despite everything appeared smiling at the end of the match (in the post-match statements). After Ashleigh Barty now seems ready to begin the era of Iga Swiatek.