Sports Tennis: Alcaraz in the final in Miami where no longer awaits a battle ruler

07:50  03 april  2022
07:50  03 april  2022 Source:   lefigaro.fr

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Spanish, 16th World, has been intractable against Polish Hubert Hurkacz (10th), who Having been holding title and fought with all his strength to keep it. But he gave way to a rock, which did not let him almost any chance of making the difference in a very tight match, concluded by two decisive games 7-6 (7/5), 7-6 (6/2), after 2h05. " Hubert was the title champion, he played well, but I I played very well. It will be my first big finish on a short hard, but I trust me and I will enjoy , "he commented on hot.

semi-finalist two weeks ago in Indian Wells, only beaten by Rafael Nadal at the end of a big struggle, Alcaraz walks on the footsteps of his glorious elder - what all Spain of tennis, decidedly spoiled, knows since Long -, since it became the second youngest player in history to reach the final of the event, after the Majorquin who was less than him in 2005.

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, he can still do better on Sunday with a victory, where Nadal had finally gave up against Roger Federer at the time. Revealed in Mondovision six months ago at the US Open where he reached the shifts, eliminating the Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas, then 3rd world, after an epic struggle of more than four hours, Alcaraz can cross a serious CAP in His meteoric progression, which saw it winning the Rio de Janeiro tournament in February, its second on the circuit after the more modest of Umag (Croatia) last summer.

Faced with Hurkacz, it is to another duel of cognizers that he has delivered, after the superb battle won the day before at the expense of Serbian Miomir Kecmanovic (48th), who, however, led 5-3 in the Tie Break of the third set. This time, no " Remontada ". Everyone has kept his service at the first set. At the decisive game, Alcaraz has erased a mini-break at 4-2, then offered a set ball on a departure damping, immediately converted with a return to the Polish feet, whose half-stole has stranded in the net. Frustrated, the 25-year-old Polish, who dreamed of becoming the fifth player to keep his title in Florida, after Andre Agassi, Pete Sampras, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic, swayed his racket despite.

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 Djokovic remains n ° 1, Alcaraz at the doors of the top 10 © provided by Sports.co.uk Tennis - Ranking ATP: Djokovic remains n ° 1 for 10 points, Zverev on the podium, Alcaraz at the doors of the top 10 Both The first 1000 masters of the season took place without him, but Novak Djokovic assured the essential: he remains n ° 1 worldwide. Its rival Daniil Medvedev did not refuel in the United States, far from it (seizen of finals in Indian Wells, Quarters in Miami), and the Serbian remains on the throne with 10 points ahead of Russian.

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Masters 1000 but it did not let go in the second set, whose level of play is still mounted, with sumptuous points, like these net exchanges At 5-5 where both competed with malice. Again, it is at the decisive game that Alcaraz made the difference, more entrepreneurial and diabolical in defense, to the chagrin of Hurkacz, helpless and dedicated. Earlier Casper Ruud (8th World) had more easily arranged (6-4, 6-1) of Francisco Cerundolo (103e), a surprise guest of the last square. " Achieving a final of Masters 1000 was a goal, but I did not expect it to be here in Miami ," commented on the deatened earth specialist, First Norwegian to access at this stage of a tournament of a tournament of This category, after losing its three previous semi-finals in Monte Carlo, Madrid and Rome.

impressive power facing Alexander Zverev in the shifts, he went big favorite against the Argentine neophyte. If Cerundolo has resisted in the first run, even successful in Breaker the first, Ruud hastened to erase this advantage in the next game, before making his experience speak, despite their common age (23 years old), to pocket The sleeve in the 10th game, pushing his opponent with the fault. After a cloakroom break, ruud accelerated the pace, showing up more aggressive and more precise, relying on the right shot, its great strength. Cerundolo, understanding that he would have no chance of creating the feat, quickly yielded.

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