Teenager Carlos Alcaraz claims first Masters 1000 title with victory in Miami

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Teenager Carlos Alcaraz Claims First Masters 1000 Title With Victory In Miami Teenager Carlos Alcaraz Claims First Masters 1000 Title With Victory In Miami
The 18-year-old became the youngest Miami men’s champion in the event’s history. Photo: PA Images
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Carlos Alcaraz secured a maiden ATP Masters 1000 title as he defeated Casper Ruud in straight sets to win the Miami Open.

The 18-year-old Spaniard triumphed 7-5 6-4 against Norway’s Ruud, his fellow first-time Masters 1000 finalist, in an hour and 52 minutes.

Alcaraz bounced back from a slow start to claim the first set, having been 4-1 down, then broke Ruud twice early in the second en route to sealing victory.

He becomes the youngest Miami men’s champion in the event’s history, and the third-youngest ATP Masters 1000 champion.

Alcaraz, who is set to move up to 11th in the ATP rankings, said in his on-court interview: “I have no words to describe how I feel right now, but it is so special to win my first Masters 1000 here in Miami.

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“I’m so happy with the win and for sure with my team.

“I knew Casper is playing very well, he has a big forehand. I tried to play to his backhand first and tried to go to attack, to not let him dominate the match.”

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