‘Extreme class’ – Carlos Alcaraz excites tennis fans with his sporting prowess

Teenage prodigy Carlos Alcaraz put on another superb performance to defeat Hubert Hurkacz at the Miami Open and was praised for his excellent sportsmanship during the game

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Teenage tennis sensation Carlos Alcaraz earned the plaudits of fans on Saturday after a superb athletic performance during their Miami Open clash with Hubert Hurkacz. Alcaraz – dubbed “the new Nadal” – produced another remarkable performance in Miami to defeat Hurkacz 7-6, 7-6 in their semi-final on Saturday.

His straight-set win means the Spaniard will now face Norway’s Casper Ruud to become champions on Sunday. Alcaraz was not only lauded for another fine performance against Hurkacz, but also earned the respect of the fans for allowing a point to be replayed after the referee wrongly declared the 18-year-old a winner.

Alcaraz played a drop shot in the opening set and although Hurkacz got the ball in time, the referee believed the ball had bounced twice and gave the youngster the point – who would have had a slight overhead anyway had made the wrong decision been made.

Hurkacz was visibly unhappy with the decision and was quick to complain to the referee when he was under him at the net. Alcaraz agreed with his opponent and demanded a replay of the point.

The gesture was remarkably received by the Miami crowd, who stood to applaud the Spaniard’s gesture, and this was then echoed by his Polish competitor. Sportswriter Tim Reynolds took to social media to praise Alcaraz, tweeting: “Alcaraz just gave up a point he ‘won’ – for 40-0, 5-6 in the first set – because of a bad call against Hurkacz went. Extreme class.”

What do you think of Alcaraz’ sporting spirit? Let us know comment section under.

Carlos Alcaraz was applauded by his opponent Hubert Hurkacz

These thoughts were also shared by a number of fans who adopted Twitter to praise the Spaniard’s athleticism. @Nina201710 tweeted: “You can learn a lot from the youngster. Others on the tour could take a lesson.”

Another tennis fan – @boyet_Uy – shared the same sentiment, adding: “I can’t say enough about this gesture as I’m not sure any other player will do this and just leave it to the referee. Bravo @alcarazcarlos03 for being gracious and honest with your opponent, although you are not obligated to be.”

Carlos Alcaraz was praised for his sportsmanship

Tennis Channel’s David Kane echoed Alcaraz’s praise, commenting: “Not to add to the exaggeration but that’s exceedingly kind of Alcaraz. Especially when you consider that even without the emergency call, Hurkacz had little hope of winning that point.

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