ATP Next Gen Finals: Carlos Alcaraz dominates the field to win title

An 18-year-old Carlos Alcaraz became the fourth ATP Next Gen Finals winner on Sunday in Milan, beating Sebastian Korda 4-3, 4-2, 4-2 in an hour and 22 minutes. Carlos dropped only one set in five encounters, playing well when it mattered the most and proving that against the American to join Hyeon Chung, Stefanos Tsitsipas and Jannik Sinner on the list of winners. Korda fought well in the final, especially in the opening set, winning only six points fewer than Alcaraz and wasting all six break chances. Carlos prevailed in the opening set and broke the opponent once in sets two and three to seal the deal in straight sets and lift the trophy. The Spaniard had a slight advantage in the shortest and more advanced exchanges, raising his level after the opener and bringing the victory home, his 32nd of the season. Carlos hit a double fault to face three break chances in the encounter’s opening game, saving them all to avoid an early setback and get his name on the scoreboard.

Carlos Alcaraz toppled Sebastian Korda to secure the ATP Next Gen Finals crown.

Sebastian closed the second game with a powerful forehand and earned two more break opportunities in the next one. Carlos got out of jail with two service winners, struggling in those moments but remaining on the positive side. Korda leveled the score at 2-2 and moved 30-0 up on the return in game five before Alcaraz grabbed the following four points to open a 3-2 gap. In game six, the American introduced a tie break with a service winner and netted a forehand in the sixth point to fall 4-2 down. Sebastian bounced back to 4-4 and claimed the third straight point after Carlos’ forehand mistake to gain the lead.

Alcaraz pulled the mini-break back with a perfect drop shot in the tenth point, clinched another and closed the set with a volley winner at 6-5. Both players served well at the beginning of the second set before Korda sprayed a backhand mistake to fall 3-2 behind. Serving for the set, Carlos blasted an ace down the T line to seal the set 4-2 and move closer to the finish line. At the beginning of the third set, the Spaniard faced the sixth and last break chance, fending it off with a backhand winner that provided him with an extra boost. Sebastian sprayed a backhand error in the third game to experience a break, and Carlos cemented the advantage with a service winner in game four. Serving at 1-3, Korda fended off two match points to prolong the clash before Alcaraz grabbed four straight points on serve from 30-0 down in game six to seal the deal with a smash winner and celebrate the title. 

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