Carlos Alcaraz Miami Open 2022

‘More nervous for that than the match!’ – Carlos Alcaraz receives phone call from Spanish King

After winning the Miami Open, Carlos Alcaraz revealed that the King of Spain called to congratulate him on his maiden Masters 1000 victory.

18-year-old Spanish hotshot Alcaraz became the youngest player to ever win the Miami Open and in doing so simultaneously became the third youngest ever Masters 1000 champion, behind Michael Chang and 21-time Grand Slam legend Rafael Nadal.

En route to his historic win, Alcaraz beat three of the world’s top ten ranked players. He emphatically beat World number five Stefanos Tsitsipas, ended World number ten Hubert Hurkacz’ ten-match tournament winning streak and overcame World number seven Casper Ruud in the final.

Alcaraz also impressively dropped just one set on his run to the prestigious title.

This comes just one week after Alcaraz reached his first Masters 1000 semi-final at the first half of the ‘Sunshine Double,’ the Indian Wells Masters.

Alcaraz lost to childhood idol and 21-time Grand Slam legend Rafael Nadal, who recently praised the young Spaniard calling him “unstoppable.”

Following his victory, Alcaraz received a phone call from Spain’s reigning monarch. King Felipe VI (sixth) of Spain called Alcaraz to congratulate him for his success on the American East Coast.

Speaking to the press after the match, Alcaraz said “it’s pretty amazing to get the call from the Spanish King. I was more nervous to [for] that call than the match!

“But yeah, it’s pretty amazing that the Spanish king congratulates you on the hard work that you put [in] every day and [on] your win. Yeah, it’s something that you never thought you were gonna receive a Spanish king call. It’s amazing.

“I hope to meet him in Spain.”

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