Carlos Alcaraz makes tennis history at Miami Open in feat not seen in 33 years

The World No.1 has continued his incredible form to advance to the semi-finals of the ATP 1000 event.

Carlos Alcaraz, pictured here after beating Taylor Fritz to advance to the Miami Open semi-finals.
Carlos Alcaraz beat Taylor Fritz to advance to the Miami Open semi-finals without dropping a set. Image: Getty

Carlos Alcaraz has become the first player since 1990 to win the Indian Wells title and make the semi-finals at the Miami Open without dropping a set at either event. The World No.1 continued his dominant form in Miami on Thursday, crushing ninth-seed Taylor Fritz 6-4 6-2.

No man has completed the 'Sunshine Double' (back-to-back titles at Indian Wells and Miami) since Roger Federer in 2017, however Alcaraz moved one step closer to the feat on Thursday after advancing to the semi-finals. The Spanish star will take on Jannik Sinner in the final four having not dropped a set the entire tournament.

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That feat makes him the first player since 1990 to win the Indian Wells title and make the semis in Miami without losing a single set. Alcaraz needed just 78 minutes to see off Fritz on Thursday, with the 19-year-old dominating with his big serve and attacking the American from the outset.

Alcaraz set the tone by breaking Fritz's first service game of the match, before breaking again at the start of the second set and winning the game to love. The 19-year-old broke again to go up 5-2 in the second and wrapped up the win without losing a point in the final game.

"A little bit of nerves at the beginning of the match, it was new for me playing against him, never played him before," Alcaraz said in his on-court interview. "I am really happy with the way I started the match, with no mistakes and a lot of power. It was a key for me to break the serve at the beginning."

Carlos Alcaraz, pictured here in action against Taylor Fritz at the Miami Open.
Carlos Alcaraz in action against Taylor Fritz at the Miami Open. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

Daniil Medvedev earlier booked his place in the semi-finals with a 6-3 7-5 victory over Chris Eubanks. The 26-year-old American was playing in his first ATP 1000 quarter-final after a remarkable run that saw him beat Frenchmen Adrian Mannarino and Gregoire Barrere, and Borna Coric of Croatia.

Eubanks saved two match points in the second set as Medvedev looked to break, but he put a straight-forward volley out on the third match point to end his run. The American, who will move up from 119th to 85th in the world rankings, said Medvedev showed why he is a grand slam champion.

"The mistakes are going to be amplified at this level. Little things, missed opportunities, that maybe in some tournaments I've played in the past or (against) some opponents don't seem like such a big deal," he said.

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Medvedev has now won 22 of his last 23 matches, capturing titles in Rotterdam, Doha and Dubai on the way. His only loss came in the final at Indian Wells against Alcaraz.

"I have never had such a good start to the season. A lot of matches won, tournaments won. I am really happy," Medvedev said. "I was disappointed at Indian Wells when my streak ended but the only thing you can do is begin a new streak and I am happy I was able to bring my form into Miami."

Daniil Medvedev, pictured here celebrating after his victory over Christopher Eubanks at the Miami Open.
Daniil Medvedev celebrates after his victory over Christopher Eubanks at the Miami Open. (Photo by Mike Frey/Getty Images)

Medvedev will now face fellow Russian Karen Khachanov in the semis after the 14th seed beat Francisco Cerundolo of Argentina 6-3 6-2. Khachanov needed just 75 minutes to beat Cerundolo despite a determined start from the Argentine.

Cerundolo broke the Russian to go up 3-2 early, but then lost his next two service games and was never able to recover. Khachanov said about facing Medvedev: "We know each other from young age. We've been playing against each other since we were kids... we're good friends outside, but we're rivals on the court."

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