MIAMI, Fla. – For a year, he was coming.
Carlos Alcaraz has now arrived.
The 18-year-old blew everyone away by winning his first Masters 1000 title, his third overall, at the Miami Open.
He is the third-youngest ever to win a tournament at that level, after Michael Chang and – you guessed it – Rafael Nadal.
ON THE UPSWING
Novak Djokovic (SRB) No. 2 ========> No. 1 (The idle Djokovic is back to No. 1, because Daniil Medvedev fell one win short of making the Miami semis, which was what he had to do to keep the top spot. The Serb is expected back in Monte Carlo – and in fact is already at the club practicing).
Alexander Zverev (GER): No. 4 ========> No. 3 (Zverev had a good first tournament with Sergi Bruguera all things considered, with a neck issue and illness. He made the quarterfinals).
Casper Ruud (NOR): No. 8 ========> No. 7 (A great tournament for Ruud, his first Masters 1000 final, and one step up to a new career high).
Cameron Norrie (GBR: No. 12 ========> No. 10 (It’s been brewing for awhile with a lot of consistent results. And with a fourth round in Miami Norrie, age 26, finally gets to the top 10).
Carlos Alcaraz (ESP): No. 16 ========> No. 11 (Just 39 points from the top 10 after his tour de force in Miami).
Alex de Minaur (AUS): No. 28 ========> No. 25 (De Minaur made the third round in Miami).
Tommy Paul (USA): No. 37 ========> No. 34 (Another career high for Tommy Paul after making the third round in Miami).
Jenson Brooksby (USA): No. 39 ========> No. 36 (Like his compatriot Paul, Brooksby also rises three, to a career high, after making the fourth round and creating a lot of drama).
Miomir Kecmanovic (SRB): No. 48 ========> No. 38 (Kecmanovic ties his career high with his Miami quarterfinal. He was the one who had a serious shot at taking down Alcaraz, and almost did it. He opened a lot of eyes last week).
Francisco Cerundolo (ARG): No. 103 ========> No. 51 (The 23-year-old Argentine had a huge number of breaks during the Miami fortnight. But sometimes you need a break. He cuts his ranking in half. And that’s a career-changing move).
Jaume Munar (ESP): No. 89 ========> No. 78 (Munar wins the Marbella Challenger – and now has a long hop to Houston for the ATP 250 there this week).
Thanasi Kokkinakis (AUS): No. 97 ========> No. 85 (Nothing but good for Kokkinakis lately, as he qualified and made the fourth round in Miami. With a career high of No. 69 all those years ago, he’s not far off).
Facundo Bagnis (ARG): No. 104 ========> No. 92 (A loss in the first round in Miami – and then a quick trip to Pereira, where he won the Challenger on clay and moved back into the top 100).
Jack Draper (GBR): No. 146========> No. 124 (The 20-year-old Brit is moving up steadily. He lost in the second round in Miami after getting a wild card, then jetted to France and won the St. Brieuc Challenger).
Alexis Galarneau (CAN): No. 353========> No. 323 (Just three spots away from his career best, Galarneau qualified in both Lille and St-Brieuc and made the quarters in Lille).
Leandro Riedi (SUI): No. 590 ========> No. 336 (The 20-year-old Swiss moves up 254 spots with a win in Trimbach, a quarterfinal in Biel and a final in Lugano. Needless to say, it’s a career high).
ON THE DOWNSWING
Daniil Medvedev : No. 1 ========> No. 2 (The Russian came close to preserving his top spot. But now that he’s out after having a hernia operation after bowing out in Miami, it might be awhile before he can think of getting it back).
Rafael Nadal (ESP): No. 3 ========> No. 4 (Nadal drops 80 points behind Zverev, after not playing Miami).
Hubert Hurkacz (POL): No. 10 ========> No. 14 (Hurkacz drops a little as the defending Miami champion made the semis – still impressive. But he won the doubles with John Isner as consolation – and an extra $200,000 and change. He rose from No. 81 to No. 45 in dubs).
John Isner (USA): No. 22 ========> No. 27 (Isner drops five after losing his singles opener. But he completed the Sunshine Doubles Double – Indian Wells with Jack Sock, and Miami with Hubert Hurkacz. That lifts his doubles ranking from No. 52 to the same as his singles – No. 27)
Roger Federer (SUI): No. 26 ========> No. 44 (Yes, it’s still hilarious that Federer is in the top 50. Well, not hilarious, exactly. More like weird).
Kevin Anderson (RSA): No. 91 ========> No. 107 (Anderson had a second chance as a lucky loser in Miami. But he lost in the second round to Juan Manuel Cerundolo and drops out of the top 100).
Borna Coric (CRO): No. 166 ========> No. 199 (Coric won a round in Miami. But he drops … He can still play on a protected ranking).
Milos Raonic (CAN): No. 176 ========> No. 221 (Raonic drops his points from last year’s Miami Open. There’s still no word on when he might be coming back; he’s played just one match since then).
Kyle Edmund (GBR): No. 253 ========> No. 295 (Another former top players who’s MIA, Edmund hasn’t played since Vienna in Oct. 2020).
Peter Polansky (CAN): No. 309 ========> No. 325 (Polansky has been doing more coaching this year than playing, and it’s showing in his ranking).
Mischa Zverev (GER): No. 459 ========> No. 570 (Zverev has been spending most of his time with his brother. But he was back in action over the weekend, losing in the first round of qualifying in San Remo. Contemporary Ernests Gulbis also lost in the first round of qualifying at that event, and drops from No. 325 to No. 345).
Road to Turin
Alcaraz is No. 2 with a bullet, right behind his countryman.