Dominant Alcaraz wins Next Gen ATP Finals

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Just as he had done all week, Carlos Alcaraz has dominated in Milan to beat Sebastian Korda and win the Next Gen ATP Finals, capping a brilliant season for the teenager.

The top-seeded Alcaraz seemed to take a while to find his rhythm against American 21-year-old Korda and had to save a number of break points in his first two service games.

But once the 18-year-old Spaniard was in his stride there was no turning back as he saw off Korda 4-3 (7-5) 4-2 4-2 in 82 minutes.

Alcaraz had two championship points saved by Korda in the fifth game of the third set but that only delayed the inevitable as he won on his third, with a smash at the net.

"It is amazing," Alcaraz said in his on-court interview.

"To be able to win this tournament means a lot to me. I am so excited right now and emotional.

"I was very, very nervous at the start. I had to be calm to save the break points.

"I know Korda is serving very well, so I had to play my best in those moments"

The victory on Saturday made Alcaraz the youngest player to earn 32 tour-level wins in a season since Andrei Medvedev went 32-11 in 1992 when he was 18.

Alcaraz has jumped more than 100 places up the rankings this season to a career-high No. 32 -in a year in which he reached the US Open quarter-finals.

Both Korda and Alcaraz had won all four of their matches in the tournament for the top 21-and-under players on the ATP Tour.

Alcaraz had only dropped one set all week - in the third group game, after he had already secured a semi-final spot.

There are different rules at the Next Gen tournament, including on-court coaching, no-Ad scoring, medical timeout limits, and Hawk-Eye making all the line calls.

The most drastic change is the shorter first-to-four set, with a tiebreaker at 3-3.

The season-ending ATP Finals - in which top-ranked Novak Djokovic and world No.2 Daniil Medvedev will headline the two groups at the elite eight-man tournament - will also be in Italy, commencing on Sunday in Turin.

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