Rising Finn Emil Ruusuvuori dispatched the protagonist of Spain’s post-Rafa generation with his 6-4, 2-6, 7-5 defeat of Carlos Alcaraz in the Miami Masters first round.

The northern European handed No. 132 Alcaraz a third loss in a row at the ATP level..

Ruusuvuori, 21, ended with 16 winners to face third seed Alexander Zverev in the second round.

“It was decided by very few points, a very small difference today,” Ruusuvuori said after defeating the 17-year-old. 

“He had a chance in the third, but we both had our chances. But I was able to come back and somehow get the win. 

“It was a very difficult match. He was playing very well, and I’m just happy to get through.”

Miami was only the fifth ATP tournament for Alcaraz, being tipped as the successor to Rafael Nadal once he finds his feet on the Tour.

The teenager started making a name for himself with five Challenger titles in 2020 – two of them on hardcourt at Nadal’s home village in Manacor on the island of Mallorca.

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