Spain’s Carlos Alcaraz created a sensation at the 2022 Miami Open, defeating defending champion Hubert Hurkacz 7-6(5) 7-6(2) in the semifinals, Saturday (2/4) WIB.
The 18-year-old will be entering the final of the ATP Masters 1000 tournament for the first time and has the chance to become the youngest ever champion.
“I’m emotional at the moment. It (the final) is something you dream about when you are a kid,” said Alcaraz after the game.
“It’s great to be in the final here in Miami. I love playing here. The crowd is amazing, I’m going to approach the final like the first half, trying to cover up the nerves. I’m going to enjoy it, it’s going to be a great final.”
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Alcaraz became the second youngest finalist at the Miami Open after Rafael Nadal in the 2005 final. His steps in Miami are also better than his achievements at Indian Wells some time ago when they reached the semifinals.
Alcaraz also has the chance to become the youngest man to win a Masters 1000 title after Michael Chang in Toronto in 1990 and Rafael Nadal in Monte Carlo in 2005.
In the final, Alcaraz will face the world’s eighth ranked player from Norway Casper Ruud who in the semifinals defeated Francisco Cerundolo (Argentina) 6-4 6-1. For Ruud, this is also his first ATP Masters 1000 tournament final.
“This is not where I imagined myself playing my first Masters 1000 final (on hardcourt), but I accepted it,” said Ruud.
“Getting to the final of the Masters tournament is my target. My service helped a lot in the match against Francisco. I’m happy to be able to advance to the final round,” he added. (AFP/ATP/Dhk/OL-09)