The future of tennis has come in a few forms in recent years.
She is currently 1.85 meters tall, weighs 72 kilos and goes by the name Carlos Alcaraz, if you take what happened in Miami last week, at face value.
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It was not only impressive who the young man from El Palmar near Murcia won over; He beat former Grand Slam winner Marin Cilic, as well as Stefanos Tsitsipas, who was still looking for an elbow injury, and defending champion Hubert Hurkacz, who had previously eliminated Daniil Medvedev. In the final, it was Casper Ruud’s turn.
Alcaraz with impressive consistency
What was particularly impressive was the maturity with which Alcaraz is already on tour, the consistency with which he penetrates far into the finest branches of the tournament trees week after week – and that as a teenager.
The absence of the big three in Miami – Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer were absent – should not diminish Alcaraz’s success, on the contrary; they are more a further indication of the turning point.
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“I’m speechless, it’s just something special for me to win my first Masters,” Alcaraz stammered into the microphone after his final victory in Miami and just looked amazed.
Ruud had more significant things to say. “You are so good at such a young age – if you continue like this, I’m sure you will be here many more times,” said the defeated Norwegian, emphasizing that Alcaraz is not only a “hard worker”, but also “a super nice guy” – a compliment that the Spaniard was happy to return.
Ruud is Monday number seven on the world rankings. Alcaraz, and it’s the biggest sensation, already at eleven o’clock. The tiny 29 points are only missing on the British Cameron Norrie and thus to a place in the top ten.
Alcaraz’s time has not yet come
A snapshot, of course – but the tournaments on Alcaraz’s favorite surface, true, are about to start. Monte-Carlo (April 10-17), Barcelona (April 18-24), Madrid (May 1-8) and above all Rome (May 8-15) call, they are ready to gallop the French Open in Paris (May 22). until 5 June live on Eurosport). And Alcaraz can now count himself among the favorites for all these titles.
It is also impressive how few weaknesses Alcaraz has. His game is of course dominated by the forehand, but the backhand is often just as straightforward. Alcaraz knows how to play good angles and likes to throw in smart stops. It can also operate at 220 km / h. The young Spaniard is still fast on his feet, and he has also noticeably gained muscle mass over the past year.
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His physio Juanjo Moreno and his coach Juan Carlos Ferrero, who was already there as an active player, where Alcaraz would like to go: First place in the world rankings, makes sure he makes the right decisions on the pitch and does not overdo it.
In 2022, the 18-year-old has 18 wins and only two defeats.
In Alcaraz ‘development, it might not have been expected to win a Masters so early, but it was absolutely logical. NextGen wins at the end of 2021, he won the 500 tournament in Rio de Janeiro in February. In addition, the 18-year-old was in the semifinals of Indian Wells before Miami, where he just lost in three sets against Nadal (4: 6, 6: 4, 3: 6). Now he simply took the next step.
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