Carlos Alcaraz Miami Open 2022

Carlos Alcaraz ‘wants to win a Grand Slam’ after maiden Masters victory

After winning his first ever Masters 1000 title, Carlos Alcaraz has outlined his lofty ambitions to “win a Grand Slam title.”

18-year-old Spanish sensation Carlos Alcaraz took the Miami Open by storm to claim his maiden Masters 1000 title, becoming the youngest ever Miami Open champion and the third youngest Masters winner of all time.

En route to such a historic victory, Alcaraz dispatched three of the world’s top ten. He overcame World number five Stefanos Tsitsipas in emphatic fashion, before then ending World number ten Hubert Hurkacz’ ten-match tournament winning streak and beating World number seven Casper Ruud in the final.

As a result, the Spaniard has risen to 11th in the ATP World rankings, surpassing his end-of-year goal of 15th.

Similarly, Alcaraz is currently second in the ATP Race to Turin rankings, sitting just behind 21-time Grand Slam legend and Alcaraz’ childhood idol Rafael Nadal. He is also just 29 points behind Cameron Norrie who became the new World number ten.

Speaking after his monumental Miami win, Alcaraz said¬†“I am achieving very difficult things like winning here at Miami¬†and previously at Rio [Open], two incredible tournaments where great players are also competing.

“The fact that I won them, it gave me extra motivation. At the start of the year, I said I wanted to finish among the [World’s] top 15 and now I am the World number 11.

“I wanted to¬†win an ATP 500 and I did it, then I wanted to win an ATP 1000 and I did it too.

“I am not afraid to say that I want to win a¬†Grand Slam. I know it is going to be a difficult path because you are playing against the best players in the world during two weeks, but I am not afraid I will try to win a Grand Slam.”

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