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  1. Voo de Mar says:
    Points won by each set: | 41-36, 35-29 |
    Points won directly behind the serve:
    25 % Alcaraz – 17 of 65
    24 % Ruud – 18 of 73

    # Alcaraz [16] – similarly to his idol Nadal – as a 18-year-old boy has achieved the biggest result in the same city where the 21-time Grand Slam champion enjoyed being in Alcaraz’ age. Nadal lost his first Masters 1K final, but faced the best player of the world at the time. Comparison is inevitable, for now it seems Alcaraz would be the second best player in the history of Spanish tennis… Alcaraz had much easier task because Ruud [8] was rather unexpected in a final of such a prestigious event on hardcourts. The Norwegian entered the final better, he led 4:1* and 5:4, but the Spaniard almost won seven games in a row – he led *3:0 (deuce) when Ruud improved his tennis in a “nothing to lose” mode. The young Spaniard managed to hold his three another service games easily, finishing the contest with a backhand volley attacking the net behind the serve. “I have no words to describe how I feel right now,” Alcaraz said after the 1 hour, 52-minute match. “It’s so special to win my first Masters 1000 here in Miami. I have an unbelievable team with me and family… I’m so happy with the win and my team.”

    Serve and volley: Alcaraz 6/6, Ruud 0/1

    Alcaraz’ route to his 3rd title:
    2 Marton Fucsovics 6-3, 6-2
    3 Marin Cilic 6-4, 6-4
    4 Stefanos Tsitsipas 7-5, 6-3
    Q Miomir Kecmanovic 6-7(5), 6-3, 7-6(5)
    S Hubert Hurkacz 7-6(5), 7-6(2)
    W Casper Ruud 7-5, 6-4

    # Alcaraz two points away from defeat to Kecmanovic: first at *4:5 (15/30), then at 3:5 in the tie-break

    Comparison of Nadal & Alcaraz at 18 y.o. after Miami – their first Masters 1K finals:
    ’05 Nadal: 37 events (3 titles) – no. 17 – best GS (4R)
    ’22 Alcaraz: 23 events (3 titles) – no. 11 – best GS (QF)

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